Useful resources on Covid-19 and mobility
25/05/2020

Useful resources on Covid-19 and mobility

In the section below, we will list highlight external resources and analyses on how the coronavirus crisis is impacting the way mobility is managed in our cities and regions and, most importantly, what we can all learn from this.

If you want to know more about how local authorities are facing the coronavirus crisis from a mobility perspective, head to the 'Keeping things moving' section of our website.

If you have an interesting webinar, report or analysis you would like to share with us, please contact Francesco Ripa.

Euractiv: Four cities call for multi-billion-euro clean bus fund

Euractiv: Four cities call for multi-billion-euro clean bus fund

The European Commission has been urged to set up a multi-billion euro grant scheme for zero-emission buses and to help cities build new cycle paths, as part of the EU’s coronavirus recovery package....Read more
Read more 25/05/2020
NACTO: Streets for Pandemic Response and Recovery document

NACTO: Streets for Pandemic Response and Recovery document

The COVID-19 global pandemic altered every aspect of urban life in recent months. In response, city transportation officials around the world have quickly implemented new street design and management...Read more
Read more 25/05/2020
Citylab: A New York City Council Member’s Plan to Save Public Transport

Citylab: A New York City Council Member’s Plan to Save Public Transport

The New York City subway has been a convenient target for pandemic blame, demonized as a vector of disease that spread the coronavirus poison through the veins of the city. The evidence for this th...Read more
Read more 25/05/2020
UN eyes bicycles as driver of post-COVID-19 ‘green recovery’

UN eyes bicycles as driver of post-COVID-19 ‘green recovery’

Can bicycles be a solution to the challenges of the post-COVID-19 recovery? European member countries of the United Nations recently created a taskforce to take this question further and discuss ways...Read more
Read more 25/05/2020
International Transport Forum briefing: Re-spacing our cities for COVID-19

International Transport Forum briefing: Re-spacing our cities for COVID-19

The International Transport Forum recently published a briefing on how cities can re-balance urban space to meet the challenges created by COVID-19. You can read the briefing here....Read more
Read more 25/05/2020
Forbes: Transportation Business Models Are Broken. It’s Time To Fix Them

Forbes: Transportation Business Models Are Broken. It’s Time To Fix Them

The COVID-19 crisis response abruptly upended our daily working, learning and social patterns and the typical mobility options we use to get there and back. We started with the trigger event shutting...Read more
Read more 25/05/2020
Euractiv: Europe’s draft ‘green recovery’ plan

Euractiv: Europe’s draft ‘green recovery’ plan

The European Commission’s promised green recovery plan will focus on building renovation, renewables and hydrogen as well as clean mobility and the circular economy, according to a leaked working do...Read more
Read more 25/05/2020
Guardian: ‘Cleaner and greener’ — Covid-19 prompts world’s cities to free public space of cars

Guardian: ‘Cleaner and greener’ — Covid-19 prompts world’s cities to free public space of cars

The mayor of Athens has said he will “liberate” public space from cars. His counterpart in Paris says it is out of the question for the city to return to pre-coronavirus traffic and pollution leve...Read more
Read more 18/05/2020
Bird: These 5 Cities are Getting Micromobility Right in Response to COVID-19

Bird: These 5 Cities are Getting Micromobility Right in Response to COVID-19

Cities around the world are taking action to keep residents safe and minimize the spread of COVID-19. For many, that means reenvisioning transportation—and not just in the short term.  Electric...Read more
Read more 17/05/2020
OECD: Cities’ Policy Responses to COVID-19

OECD: Cities’ Policy Responses to COVID-19

The OECD has been collecting local policy responses aimed at containing the spread of the virus and protecting residents and local economies. This document provides an update of such measures inclu...Read more
Read more 17/05/2020
Brussels Times: Lime Scooters gradually return to Brussels

Brussels Times: Lime Scooters gradually return to Brussels

After a temporary suspension of activities since mid-March due to containment measures, e-scooter service Lime is restarting its services in Brussels, the US-based company said on Friday. From now on...Read more
Read more 17/05/2020
WEF: What COVID-19 can teach us about tackling climate change

WEF: What COVID-19 can teach us about tackling climate change

As countries worldwide have started easing lockdowns imposed to curb the coronavirus pandemic, what key policy changes could get economies moving again, take advantage of what we've learned, and s...Read more
Read more 17/05/2020
Project for Public Spaces: The Recovery Will Happen in Public Space

Project for Public Spaces: The Recovery Will Happen in Public Space

Last week, 25 million Americans returned to public life. As more and more governors relax their stay-at-home orders and restrictions on businesses, that number will only grow, even as COVID-19 cases a...Read more
Read more 17/05/2020
New York Times: Manhattan faces a reckoning if working from home becomes the norm

New York Times: Manhattan faces a reckoning if working from home becomes the norm

Before the coronavirus crisis, three of New York City’s largest commercial tenants — Barclays, JP Morgan Chase and Morgan Stanley — had tens of thousands of workers in towers across Manhattan. N...Read more
Read more 15/05/2020
Wired: The vehicle of the future is… the bike

Wired: The vehicle of the future is… the bike

What’s the shiniest, most exciting new technology for transportation? Well, there are plenty of candidates! We’ve got the self-driving car and drones big enough to carry people. Elon Musk is getti...Read more
Read more 15/05/2020
100 Intelligent Cities Challenge: COVID-19 good city practices

100 Intelligent Cities Challenge: COVID-19 good city practices

The European Commission's 100 Intelligent Cities Challenge has launched an information page highlighting good city practices from across Europe to respond to COVID-19. Here you can find case studie...Read more
Read more 15/05/2020
Voi relaunches operations in French cities

Voi relaunches operations in French cities

E-scooter company Voi has announced that it will relaunch its operations in French cities as France begins to move into post-lockdown. Voi will re-launch its services in Paris, Bordeaux and Lyon in...Read more
Read more 13/05/2020
Bloomberg: The Car Is Staging a Comeback, Spurring Oil’s Recovery

Bloomberg: The Car Is Staging a Comeback, Spurring Oil’s Recovery

James Li, a public relations account director, would rather spend an hour sitting in Beijing traffic than risk 30 minutes exposed to crowds on a train. “Traffic is as bad as it could be” but the s...Read more
Read more 13/05/2020
Bulletin: Belgium needs ‘decisive measures’ to make cities more liveable post-coronavirus

Bulletin: Belgium needs ‘decisive measures’ to make cities more liveable post-coronavirus

Thousands of premature deaths from air pollution could be avoided if Belgium gives proper thought to the post-coronavirus future of its towns and cities, experts have said in an open letter jointly pu...Read more
Read more 13/05/2020
Building resilience in a crisis will lay the foundations for a kinder, gentler, fairer world

Building resilience in a crisis will lay the foundations for a kinder, gentler, fairer world

We live in uncertain and unsettling times. Just as the debate and discussion around the climate crisis started to crystallise into calls for clear action within this decade, we now find ourselves faci...Read more
Read more 13/05/2020
Guardian: Can coronavirus cure Brussels of its addiction to driving?

Guardian: Can coronavirus cure Brussels of its addiction to driving?

Traffic jams, pretty squares used as car parks, bike lanes that vanish into congested roundabouts: Brussels’s love affair with the car has been waning for several years. Now city authorities are usi...Read more
Read more 13/05/2020
Washington Post: One way the coronavirus could transform Europe’s cities: More space for bikes

Washington Post: One way the coronavirus could transform Europe’s cities: More space for bikes

When residents of Europe's major cities finally emerge from weeks of lockdowns later this month, they'll be met with at least one enduring change from the pandemic: miles and miles of new bike lanes....Read more
Read more 13/05/2020
COVID-19 and Mobility: New Solutions and Cooperation Models Between Operators and Local Authorities

COVID-19 and Mobility: New Solutions and Cooperation Models Between Operators and Local Authorities

Mobility has been impacted the world over due to the COVID 19 crisis. From public transport, to micromobility, to individual auto commuting, all modes have seen a dramatic decrease in usage across the...Read more
Read more 10/05/2020
Via: 15 cities and companies that have redefined transportation during COVID-19

Via: 15 cities and companies that have redefined transportation during COVID-19

The importance of reliable public transportation may be easily overlooked by a majority of car-owning households, but as the COVID-19 pandemic forces many cities to significantly cut service, it’s b...Read more
Read more 10/05/2020
Bird resumes services in Paris

Bird resumes services in Paris

Bird electric scooters are once again operating in Paris. The Californian operator announced that its activity in Paris would restart on 8 May, three days before the lifting of confinement measures in...Read more
Read more 10/05/2020
Lime receives major investment from Uber

Lime receives major investment from Uber

Lime is receiving a much-need cash infusion from Uber and other investors as the scooter company attempts to reset its business amid the coronavirus pandemic. The move announced Thursday was a "down r...Read more
Read more 10/05/2020
Transport Xtra: Sustrans unveils live map of temporary cycle lanes

Transport Xtra: Sustrans unveils live map of temporary cycle lanes

Walking and cycling charity Sustrans has created a live online map for people to share their views on emergency measures that have been put in place to help them walk and cycle safely during lockdown...Read more
Read more 10/05/2020
UITP: New mobility and urban space: How can cities adapt?

UITP: New mobility and urban space: How can cities adapt?

The urban landscape has evolved throughout history in response to social, economic and environmental changes. Today, climate change and health issues due to poor air quality are major concerns. Wit...Read more
Read more 10/05/2020
World Bank: Short-term chaos could bring long-term transformation for transport

World Bank: Short-term chaos could bring long-term transformation for transport

The novel coronavirus has had a profound, dramatic impact on our world. Many of us are feeling overwhelmed right now—with the news, with data, and with the immediate impact of COVID-19 on lives and...Read more
Read more 10/05/2020
Guardian: World cannot return to ‘business as usual’ after Covid-19, say mayors

Guardian: World cannot return to ‘business as usual’ after Covid-19, say mayors

Mayors from many of the world’s leading cities have warned there can be no return to “business as usual” in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis if humanity is to escape catastrophic climate...Read more
Read more 10/05/2020

Interreg: The European Green Deal and COVID-19, implications for research and innovation

The European Green Deal, which is the European Union new growth strategy, aims to 'transform the EU into a fair and prosperous society, with a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy where...Read more
Read more 10/05/2020
Autofutures: The Future of Public Transport (Interview with Scott Shepard)

Autofutures: The Future of Public Transport (Interview with Scott Shepard)

With everything going on today, public transport has been hit hardest. In fact, many of the major transport authorities around the world have reported up to a 95% reduction in users which not only sho...Read more
Read more 10/05/2020
Gehl: Public Space & Public Life during COVID-19

Gehl: Public Space & Public Life during COVID-19

What can be said about Covid-19 that hasn’t been said already? Rather than simply talking and writing about the pandemic, Gehl Architects wants to share the lived experience of it. With the support...Read more
Read more 06/05/2020
UITP briefing: Resuming Public Transport Services Post-Lockdown

UITP briefing: Resuming Public Transport Services Post-Lockdown

COVID-19 is putting severe strain on the public transport sector, with passenger numbers and consequently revenues down as much as 90% in many cases. This is posing major challenges for the public tra...Read more
Read more 03/05/2020
T&E: Cities look to cycling as the safe, socially-distanced way to travel

T&E: Cities look to cycling as the safe, socially-distanced way to travel

Cities in several countries are embarking on a rearrangement of urban streets in the hope of encouraging cyclists and pedestrians to travel while respecting social distancing. The most ambitious so fa...Read more
Read more 03/05/2020
BBC: Are we witnessing the death of the car?

BBC: Are we witnessing the death of the car?

As global lockdowns keep most people at home, congestion-riddled, pollution-choked streets around the world have transformed into empty, eerily silent spaces. The most conspicuous absentee is the car,...Read more
Read more 03/05/2020
ICLEI: Focus on cities and transport responses – India

ICLEI: Focus on cities and transport responses – India

India announced the world’s biggest nation-wide lockdown affecting the lives of 1.3 billion people on 24 March. Initially set until 15 April, the quarantine has been extended to 3 May as a pre-empti...Read more
Read more 03/05/2020
Guardian: Clean air in Europe during lockdown ‘leads to 11,000 fewer deaths’

Guardian: Clean air in Europe during lockdown ‘leads to 11,000 fewer deaths’

Improved air quality in recent weeks has led to 11,000 fewer deaths from air pollution across Europe, research has found. The Guardian reports on research that declines in road traffic and emission...Read more
Read more 03/05/2020
WHO: Moving around during the COVID-19 outbreak

WHO: Moving around during the COVID-19 outbreak

While cities around the world are introducing a broad range of measures to limit physical contacts to prevent and slow down the COVID-19 pandemic, many people might still have a need to move around ci...Read more
Read more 28/04/2020
Urbanism Next: COVID-19 resources

Urbanism Next: COVID-19 resources

Urbanism Next has launched a dedicated page on its website to provide information and resources on COVID-19. On the page you can find a collection of articles, podcast, webinars, and other resource...Read more
Read more 28/04/2020
Sustrans resources on COVID-19

Sustrans resources on COVID-19

POLIS member organisation Sustrans is offering support to local authorities in the United Kingdom to help adapt urban mobility during the COVID-19 outbreak. Many cities are aiming to adapt urban mo...Read more
Read more 28/04/2020
Guardian: Calls for more space for walking and cycling in England during lockdown

Guardian: Calls for more space for walking and cycling in England during lockdown

In recent weeks, scores of cities have been adapting their transport systems to prioritise walking and cycling in light of reduced public transport availability. From Bogota to Berlin to Budapest, cit...Read more
Read more 28/04/2020
WRI: Safer, More Sustainable Transport in a Post-COVID-19 World

WRI: Safer, More Sustainable Transport in a Post-COVID-19 World

"The COVID-19 crisis has shown that effective public transport is vital to keeping cities running. By serving essential workers in health care, emergency services, food services, and other sectors, pu...Read more
Read more 28/04/2020
Globe and Mail: Public transit will remain crucial to our cities and we’ll all have to find ways to fund it

Globe and Mail: Public transit will remain crucial to our cities and we’ll all have to find ways to fund it

Public transport is undergoing challenging times during the COVID-19 crisis. Passenger numbers have fallen rapidly as home-working has become the norm and travel has been severely restricted. This has...Read more
Read more 28/04/2020
Guardian: The traffic data that shows the road into – and out of – COVID-19 lockdown

Guardian: The traffic data that shows the road into – and out of – COVID-19 lockdown

Urban mobility has undergone a drastic transformation in recent weeks, with travel restrictions in place across much of the world. Normal patterns of mobility have been disrupted, with commuting an...Read more
Read more 28/04/2020
Cerema: On-demand webinar on temporary cycle facilities during lockdown (in French)

Cerema: On-demand webinar on temporary cycle facilities during lockdown (in French)

With mobility options severely restricted during lockdown, many cities are aiming to make cycling safer and easier as a means of getting around. Cities from Budapest to Berlin to Bogota have been taki...Read more
Read more 27/04/2020
China Daily: Shared bike use surges in Wuhan after lockdown lifted

China Daily: Shared bike use surges in Wuhan after lockdown lifted

Bike sharing has bounced back in Wuhan after lockdown measures have been eased in the Chinese city. Data shows that on 8 April, the day Wuhan was reopened, use of shared bikes increased by 44% comp...Read more
Read more 27/04/2020
Could the COVID crisis be the opportunity to make cities carbon-neutral, liveable and healthy?

Could the COVID crisis be the opportunity to make cities carbon-neutral, liveable and healthy?

COVID-19 has hit our entire society hard. A collateral victim of the current pandemic may be all the actions addressed to manage the climate crisis. This is evidenced by, for example, COP26 postponeme...Read more
Read more 23/04/2020
INRIX: Dynamic Management in the Age of COVID

INRIX: Dynamic Management in the Age of COVID

Over the past decade a lot of ink has been spilled and expert panels have been assembled on the topic of how cities can “reimagine” the use of their curb. This reimagining has hinged on the recogn...Read more
Read more 22/04/2020
Mobility actors launch #WeAllMove

Mobility actors launch #WeAllMove

A new campaign has been launched to provide mobility services for those in need during COVID-19. WeAllMove is an online platform providing information and services for those most in need of mobilit...Read more
Read more 21/04/2020
ITDP: Post-Pandemic, Chinese Cities Gradually Reopen Transport Networks

ITDP: Post-Pandemic, Chinese Cities Gradually Reopen Transport Networks

China was the first country to be impacted by the COVID-19 virus and the early months of 2020 saw major disruptions to travel, economy and society as a whole across much of the nation. Now that the...Read more
Read more 21/04/2020
Is Sharing Dead? What Micromobility 2.0 will look like in Post-COVID cities

Is Sharing Dead? What Micromobility 2.0 will look like in Post-COVID cities

We’ve all heard the dire news from the leading shared scooter and bike operators: drastic layoffs, emergency fundraising, and fleets pulled from the streets. But at the same time, active transportat...Read more
Read more 21/04/2020
ITDP: As the Impacts of Coronavirus Grow, Micromobility Fills in the Gaps

ITDP: As the Impacts of Coronavirus Grow, Micromobility Fills in the Gaps

This pandemic has created a moment to acknowledge the significance of the ways in which small modes, including cycling, enable us to safely and resiliently navigate our cities. With COVID-19 wreaking...Read more
Read more 20/04/2020
C40: Global Mayors Launch COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force

C40: Global Mayors Launch COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force

Today, C40 Cities announced the launch of a mayoral-led task force to accelerate sustainable economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. C40 mayors are already sharing knowledge and expertise...Read more
Read more 20/04/2020
New Mobility COVID-19 Taskforce kick-off meeting insight report

New Mobility COVID-19 Taskforce kick-off meeting insight report

The New Mobility COVID-19 Taskforce has published an insight report of its first meeting. The New Mobility COVID-19 Taskforce, made up of the Global New Mobility Coalition, the Global Future Counci...Read more
Read more 20/04/2020
Citylab: In a pandemic, we’re all ‘transit dependent’

Citylab: In a pandemic, we’re all ‘transit dependent’

As health authorities tell us to stay at home and to maintain a six-foot distance from one another, public transit ridership has understandably collapsed. A TransitApp analysis suggests that this coll...Read more
Read more 20/04/2020
UBS: Covid-19 could speed up shift from plane to train in EU and China

UBS: Covid-19 could speed up shift from plane to train in EU and China

This article from UBS discusses how COVID-19 may accelerate the shift from plane to train across the EU and China for short- and medium-distance travel. Covid-19 is showing countries what clean air...Read more
Read more 17/04/2020
COVID-19 mobility impact sees rise in popularity of cars in China

COVID-19 mobility impact sees rise in popularity of cars in China

New data has revealed a growing preference for travelling by car in China following the COVID-19 outbreak. Research revealed in March by IPSOS showed an increasing intention in Chinese consumers to...Read more
Read more 17/04/2020
Smart Cities Dive: A ‘different world’ awaits transit on the other side of coronavirus

Smart Cities Dive: A ‘different world’ awaits transit on the other side of coronavirus

In a recent webinar dubbed, "Public Transit in the Time of COVID-19," co-hosted by mobility solutions companies Transit and Swiftly, the stage was set by a somber reminder of how the novel coronavirus...Read more
Read more 15/04/2020
TIER launches free travel for essential workers

TIER launches free travel for essential workers

Micro-mobility company TIER has announced free travel for essential workers. The e-scooter provider has created a new offer for essential workers including health workers, police officers, supermar...Read more
Read more 15/04/2020
ICLEI: COVID-19 resources

ICLEI: COVID-19 resources

The COVID-19 pandemic is increasingly affecting the work of local governments. ICLEI is collecting resources that can be useful and inspiring to our network. ICLEI has collated a series of resource...Read more
Read more 15/04/2020
CEREMA: Temporary cycling lanes and lockdown: what are the opportunities?

CEREMA: Temporary cycling lanes and lockdown: what are the opportunities?

Lockdown measures across Europe have limited travel to the bare minimum, with travel only reserved for access to essential services or for essential workers. For as long as there is a risk of conta...Read more
Read more 14/04/2020
Transportation trends in the first weeks of lockdown: A look at European cities

Transportation trends in the first weeks of lockdown: A look at European cities

Across Europe, countries have taken extreme measures in order to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. However, approaches have varied between countries, with different actions and and restrictions...Read more
Read more 14/04/2020
Cities Today: GovLab launches coronavirus resource database

Cities Today: GovLab launches coronavirus resource database

New York University research centre The GovLab has compiled a comprehensive global library of apps and initiatives used by city and national governments in fighting the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandem...Read more
Read more 14/04/2020
ESPO: Keep European Ports Going

ESPO: Keep European Ports Going

This update comes from the European Sea Ports Organisation. Since the start of the COVID 19 crisis, Europe’s ports have been doing everything possible to ensure the continuity of their operations...Read more
Read more 14/04/2020
Busworld: Webinar on COVID-19 and public transport

Busworld: Webinar on COVID-19 and public transport

Busworld recently held a webinar on "Supportive measures for bus operators during and after the COVID-19 crisis", featuring experts and professionals from the bus sector. This was a successful session...Read more
Read more 14/04/2020
BBC News: Google data suggests park visits rose on weekend

BBC News: Google data suggests park visits rose on weekend

Data from Google has revealed an increase in the use of public parks at weekends since the introduction of 'lockdown' measures in the United Kingdom. The data reveals fewer journeys outside overall...Read more
Read more 10/04/2020
Whim: Into the Pandemic and Back

Whim: Into the Pandemic and Back

COVID-19 is posing major challenges to all areas of the transport sector, but as a relatively new area, Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is facing a particular threat from the pandemic. So what is the...Read more
Read more 10/04/2020
Electrive: Coronavirus delays UK Clean Air Zones

Electrive: Coronavirus delays UK Clean Air Zones

The introduction Clean Air Zones in British cities will be postponed until January 2021 at the earliest due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Clean Air Zones planned for Bristol, Birmingham and Leeds, amo...Read more
Read more 10/04/2020
Brookings: How our cities can reopen after COVID-19

Brookings: How our cities can reopen after COVID-19

The COVID-19 outbreak is posing challenges to cities not faced for decades. On top of the clear threats to health, cities are also suffering through serious damage to local economies and jobs, as well...Read more
Read more 10/04/2020
ecommerceDB: Consumers shift to online shopping

ecommerceDB: Consumers shift to online shopping

Experts around the world and across all sectors agree that the COVID-19 pandemic will have substantial impact on all economies and industries, offline and online. While stationary retail suffers from...Read more
Read more 10/04/2020
Skedgo: How overcoming COVID-19 can kick-start the Mobility-as-a-Service revolution

Skedgo: How overcoming COVID-19 can kick-start the Mobility-as-a-Service revolution

Mobility as a Service (MaaS) has been becoming an increasingly common concept being implemented in cities across the world as cities and regions attempt to offer citizens a more flexible and personali...Read more
Read more 09/04/2020
The Empty Streets Effect: A Pandemic’s Unexpected Lesson On Life After Cars

The Empty Streets Effect: A Pandemic’s Unexpected Lesson On Life After Cars

The global impact of COVID-19 has been devastating. As governments around the world take drastic measures to stop its advance, however, a small but important silver lining has emerged, answering—at...Read more
Read more 09/04/2020
Next City: COVID-19 Reveals How Micromobility Can Build Resilient Cities

Next City: COVID-19 Reveals How Micromobility Can Build Resilient Cities

COVID-19 has changed urban transport beyond recognition in many cases, with mass disruption to normal mobility patterns. With people avoiding public transport (and the availability of public transp...Read more
Read more 09/04/2020
EEA: Air quality and COVID-19

EEA: Air quality and COVID-19

The lockdown and related measures implemented by many European countries to stop the spread of COVID-19 have led to a sudden decrease in economic activities, including a drop in road transport in many...Read more
Read more 08/04/2020
COVID-19 implications to sustainable urban mobility – some observations

COVID-19 implications to sustainable urban mobility – some observations

About 2.6 billion people are under lockdown to contain the spread of the virus. Many countries have closed their borders and imposed curfews – resulting in sharp reductions in transport demand also...Read more
Read more 08/04/2020
Covid-19 and the EU car industry: any support should lock in EV targets

Covid-19 and the EU car industry: any support should lock in EV targets

The coronavirus slump has come suddenly and hit hard. The deep thinking has already begun on the economics needed to turn around that slump without damaging our rising emissions ambitions. Julia...Read more
Read more 08/04/2020
Car-share company offers free use of vehicles for health workers

Car-share company offers free use of vehicles for health workers

A Belgian car-share company has offered the free use of its vehicles for health workers during the COVID-19 outbreak. BattMobiel, an electric car-share company, is offering health workers a...Read more
Read more 08/04/2020
Air pollution linked to far higher COVID-19 death rates, study finds

Air pollution linked to far higher COVID-19 death rates, study finds

New research has found a causal link between rates of air pollution and deaths from COVID-19. The research, from Harvard University, found that even small increases in air pollution resulted in hig...Read more
Read more 08/04/2020
The Verge: There’s no better time for cities to take space away from cars

The Verge: There’s no better time for cities to take space away from cars

Cities across the world have begun to address the imbalance between space for cars and people in cities, with many promoting a move towards more people-friendly streets and spaces to address a range o...Read more
Read more 07/04/2020
Citylab: Mapping How Cities Are Reclaiming Street Space

Citylab: Mapping How Cities Are Reclaiming Street Space

The fight against coronavirus has brought cities to a standstill. With roughly one third of the global population under lockdown, vehicle traffic has all but vanished on the world’s busiest roads a...Read more
Read more 07/04/2020
Google: COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports

Google: COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports

As global communities respond to COVID-19, data on travel and movement is becoming increasingly valuable to understand what people need from urban mobility systems. Now Google, as one of the largest s...Read more
Read more 07/04/2020
Bolt launches new measures to keep customers safe during COVID-19

Bolt launches new measures to keep customers safe during COVID-19

New Mobility Service (NMS) operators are having to adapt their practices to keep customers and staff safe during the unpredictable and challenging situation arising from COVID-19. Now Bolt, the tra...Read more
Read more 07/04/2020
Arcadis: Cities should rethink transportation amid COVID-19 pandemic

Arcadis: Cities should rethink transportation amid COVID-19 pandemic

"COVID-19 has impacted our lives in ways that were unimaginable just a few weeks ago. It is paramount the spread of the virus be contained, so city leaders and policymakers have been focused on a broa...Read more
Read more 06/04/2020
The Empty Streets Effect: A Pandemic’s Unexpected Lesson On Life After Cars

The Empty Streets Effect: A Pandemic’s Unexpected Lesson On Life After Cars

The global impact of COVID-19 has been devastating. As governments around the world take drastic measures to stop its advance, however, a small but important silver lining has emerged, answering—at...Read more
Read more 06/04/2020
Data on Wuhan bike use reveals changing travel trends

Data on Wuhan bike use reveals changing travel trends

Since 2017 the Wuhan Transportation Development Strategy Research Institute has been producing and publishing reports on bicycle mobility using data from the city's Mobike bicycle share service, and ...Read more
Read more 03/04/2020
COVID-19 sees dramatic falls in urban air pollution in Spain

COVID-19 sees dramatic falls in urban air pollution in Spain

A new report has highlighted a sharp decline in urban air pollution across Spain following the introduction of lockdown measures in response to COVID-19. The report, from environmental group Ecolog...Read more
Read more 03/04/2020
SLOCAT: ‘COVID-19 and the sustainable transport community’ information hub

SLOCAT: ‘COVID-19 and the sustainable transport community’ information hub

We, as the sustainable, low carbon transport community, must reflect on the significant implications the pandemic is currently having on how we move people and goods, as well as what this will mean fo...Read more
Read more 03/04/2020
CIE: Companies hit hard by coronavirus crises but remain confident of survival

CIE: Companies hit hard by coronavirus crises but remain confident of survival

Cycling Industries Europe (CIE) has today released the findings of its first Coronavirus Business Impact Survey which show an industry facing multiple challenges, but confident of survival. The majori...Read more
Read more 03/04/2020
EAMA: Virus brings major impacts for Europe’s auto industry

EAMA: Virus brings major impacts for Europe’s auto industry

Europe's car industry is undergoing major disruptions from the COVID-19 crisis. With fewer people travelling and 'lockdowns' in place across the continent, demand for new cars, as well as workforce av...Read more
Read more 02/04/2020
World Economic Forum: Three ways transport systems are adapting to coronavirus

World Economic Forum: Three ways transport systems are adapting to coronavirus

At times of emergency, we all realize just how important the seamless urban movement of goods truly is. People need a study supply of food, medical supplies and emergency goods with minimal delays...Read more
Read more 02/04/2020
Urban Mobility Company: CORE MaaS — A Social Distancing Mobility Platform

Urban Mobility Company: CORE MaaS — A Social Distancing Mobility Platform

The COVID-19 pandemic has quickly demonstrated itself as a global challenge, affecting all aspects of our daily lives. One of the areas that is most profound related to this pandemic is the aspect of...Read more
Read more 02/04/2020
COVID-19 Shared Mobility Action Plan

COVID-19 Shared Mobility Action Plan

The Shared Mobility sector has been hit hard by COVID-19, with many operators limiting services to reduce the spread of the virus. For operators who are continuing to provide services, many people are...Read more
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Busworld Academy: Overview of economic support measures for bus industry

Busworld Academy: Overview of economic support measures for bus industry

Across Europe, bus passenger transport has been reduced, in some cases, to strictly essential services. Coach transport in general and services in tourism and recreation have stopped completely almost...Read more
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COVID-19: Impact on shared mobility

COVID-19: Impact on shared mobility

In these unprecedented and very confusing times, it is safe to say that the COVID-19 virus has had an impact on every aspect of our daily lives, including the transportation services that we regularly...Read more
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Remix webinars on mobility and COVID-19

Remix webinars on mobility and COVID-19

Remix is running a series of webinars of the various impacts of COVID-19 on public transport. Topics discussed have included The future of transportation and operational challenges in response to C...Read more
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New Cities: Pandemics — A New Piece of the City Planning Puzzle

New Cities: Pandemics — A New Piece of the City Planning Puzzle

Over the last decade, urban planners, designers, developers, and municipalities have begun integrating the concepts of sustainability and resiliency into their city plans. While this is a positive s...Read more
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E-scooter companies see major changes due to virus spread

E-scooter companies see major changes due to virus spread

E-scooters have seen a meteoric rise in cities in recent years. But e-scooter companies are now facing a major threat to their operations from the spread of COVID-19. In response, companies are ann...Read more
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World Resources Institute: 4 ways city mobility is responding to COVID-19

World Resources Institute: 4 ways city mobility is responding to COVID-19

COVID-19 has tested the resilience and strength of cities to unprecedented levels. Urban mobility has been at the forefront of these challenges, with major disruptions to public transport, street acce...Read more
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WEF: How the auto industry is responding to COVID-19

WEF: How the auto industry is responding to COVID-19

As Chinese companies attempt to restart their operations after the recent nationwide shutdown to try to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, it’s clear that the mounting economic effects...Read more
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NACTO: Transportation Response Center

NACTO: Transportation Response Center

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) has launched the Transportation Response Center web page. The page provides regularly updated guidance and tools, including: R...Read more
Read more 31/03/2020
Wunder Mobility: How Germany Can Work to Reduce Delivery Vehicle Traffic

Wunder Mobility: How Germany Can Work to Reduce Delivery Vehicle Traffic

Order something online one day, and you’ll receive it on your doorstep the next - at the very latest. In this day and age of total convenience, delivery drones and mobile pay options, fewer and fewe...Read more
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North Americans Turning Away From Public Transit As Direct Result Of COVID-19

North Americans Turning Away From Public Transit As Direct Result Of COVID-19

The results of an online survey have shown how the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in significant changes in North Americans' use of public transport. The survey from Northstar Research Partners fou...Read more
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PIARC: COVID-19 response page

PIARC: COVID-19 response page

PIARC (the World Road Association) has launched a new web page dedicated to informing members about the impact of COVID-19 on the roads and transport sector. The web page presents knowledge and ref...Read more
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T&E: How to save airlines the right way

T&E: How to save airlines the right way

As the virus crisis continues to unfold, more and more airlines are grounding flights – some entirely. But carriers must take their responsibilities to society more seriously if they are to be given...Read more
Read more 30/03/2020
Smart Freight Centre: Supply Chains in the Time of Corona

Smart Freight Centre: Supply Chains in the Time of Corona

Modern supply chains are often finely-tuned and dependent on consistent conditions and open borders for trade. So it's perhaps no surprise that COVID-19 is causing major challenges for supply chains a...Read more
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Emergency Bike Network in a Week: Quick response to rapidly changing mobility patterns

Emergency Bike Network in a Week: Quick response to rapidly changing mobility patterns

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our everyday lives with clear directives from governments to stay home, maintain social distance and stop all non-essential travel.  As rates of driving and transi...Read more
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EURACTIV — Coronavirus: What’s Happening in Europe?

EURACTIV — Coronavirus: What’s Happening in Europe?

The coronavirus outbreak has caused huge changes and challenges for cities across the world. Measures are being implemented across a range of sectors, namely health, economy and transport. EURACTIV...Read more
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ECF: What can Europe learn from drastic falls in air pollution?

ECF: What can Europe learn from drastic falls in air pollution?

Air pollution levels have fallen up to 50% in many European cities, according to the latest figures published by the European Environment Agency (EEA). This significant decrease in air pollutant conce...Read more
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TUMI launches Corona Transport Knowledge Platform

TUMI launches Corona Transport Knowledge Platform

TUMI (Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative) has launched a new platform highlighting content and research on transport and COVID-19. The platform features instruments being used to tackle COVID...Read more
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Uber implements measures to support cities and communities

Uber implements measures to support cities and communities

Uber has announced plans to support cities and authorities in tackling specific needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. For public safety, Uber is working closely with public health authorities to deve...Read more
Read more 30/03/2020
New York Times: Why transit must survive the virus

New York Times: Why transit must survive the virus

"America's urban transit systems, the sinews that bind together cities, are in a coronavirus free fall. Some, like Washington’s Metro, mindful of public health warnings against people congregating,...Read more
Read more 27/03/2020
Ride-sharing, micro-mobility and taxi firms announce measures in response to COVID-19

Ride-sharing, micro-mobility and taxi firms announce measures in response to COVID-19

The transport industry is undergoing a major transformation throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. In recent days, a number of announcements have been made by ride-sharing, micro-mobility and taxi firms to...Read more
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International Road Transport Union: Coronavirus Information Hub

International Road Transport Union: Coronavirus Information Hub

The International Road Transport Union (IRU) has launched the COVID-19 Info Hub, a global source of first-hand, real-time updates by, and for, the commercial road transport sector. The Info Hub gives...Read more
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Webinar: Street Planning During Uncertain Times (8 April)

Webinar: Street Planning During Uncertain Times (8 April)

Street Planning During Uncertain Times: How cities are making bold decisions to prioritize cyclists and pedestrians COVID has disrupted daily life and transportation services around the world. Many...Read more
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Voi steps up to support essential workers in Nordic Region

Voi steps up to support essential workers in Nordic Region

Micro-mobility company Voi has announced measures to assist workers still travelling to work throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. Last week Voi announced it was partnering with restaurants in the Nord...Read more
Read more 26/03/2020
Travel data shows surge in walking and cycling in Netherlands

Travel data shows surge in walking and cycling in Netherlands

New data published on travel in the Netherlands has revealed how Dutch citizens have adapted their travel habits in response to the growing spread of COVID-19. The data, revealed today on Verkeersk...Read more
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European Commission publishes guidance to ensure flow of goods across EU

European Commission publishes guidance to ensure flow of goods across EU

The European Commission today issued new practical advice on how to implement its guidelines for border management in order to keep freight moving across the EU during the current pandemic. To ensu...Read more
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Cities for Global Health: Collective responses to the COVID-19 emergency

Cities for Global Health: Collective responses to the COVID-19 emergency

The global crisis generated by the COVID-19 outbreak is pushing cities of all shapes to give immediate answers to an emergency that is seriously threatening not only citizens’ health, but the social...Read more
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Citymapper Mobility Index: How coronavirus is changing travel trends across the world

Citymapper Mobility Index: How coronavirus is changing travel trends across the world

Citymapper's Mobility Index is revealing some interesting trends in travel as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Citymapper - the global transport planning app - publishes data on how cities' trave...Read more
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Intelligent Transport: How is coronavirus affecting the global transport sector?

Intelligent Transport: How is coronavirus affecting the global transport sector?

What measures are transport organisations across the globe taking in response to the impact of the recent COVID-19 outbreak? Intelligent Transport has launched a live update page on their website t...Read more
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Streets Blog USA: During COVID-19, Lime and Bird Pull Back, Spin Steps Up

Streets Blog USA: During COVID-19, Lime and Bird Pull Back, Spin Steps Up

Micro-mobility solutions have rapidly expanded in recent times, with e-scooters becoming an increasingly frequent sight on city streets. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused major changes for urb...Read more
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Citylab: In a Global Health Emergency, the Bicycle Shines

Citylab: In a Global Health Emergency, the Bicycle Shines

COVID-19 has led to huge changes to urban transport systems across the world. Public transport services are operating at reduced frequencies and people being discouraged from driving, as efforts are m...Read more
Read more 26/03/2020