Covid-19: Keeping things moving
27/03/2020

Covid-19: Keeping things moving

As the Covid-19 pandemic unfolds, local authorities are stepping forward into the frontlines. This crisis is being tackled in our hospitals, but also in our streets and plazas, on our buses, trains and subways.

At Polis we want to help cities and regions navigate these difficult times. In this section of our website, we will collect examples of how local authorities are keeping things moving despite the Covid-19 crisis. For an overview of useful resources, such as reports, tools and analyses, head to our page 'Useful resources on Covid-19 and mobility'.

For more information on Polis's response to COVID-19, please see our calls for support and recognition for the transport sector during the virus outbreak.

Madrid launches free bus services to transport health professionals to new temporary hospital

Madrid launches free bus services to transport health professionals to new temporary hospital

The city of Madrid has introduced a new free bus service connecting the city center with a new temporary hospital. The special service will provide free transport for health professionals and...Read more
Read more 24/03/2020
Berlin offers free bike sharing and cuts public transport to reduce spread of virus

Berlin offers free bike sharing and cuts public transport to reduce spread of virus

Due to the rising spread of the coronavirus, many commuters are choosing not to travel by bus or train. In response, Berlin has decided to offer free bike sharing as an additional publicly-funded alte...Read more
Read more 24/03/2020
Brussels to adjust public transport frequencies during coronavirus crisis

Brussels to adjust public transport frequencies during coronavirus crisis

To adapt to the crisis, Brussels' public transport company STIB is increasing frequencies of routes serving hospitals and care facilities, as well as increasing services at peak hours,whenthe majority...Read more
Read more 24/03/2020
Ile-de-France strengthens transport serving hospitals and health facilities

Ile-de-France strengthens transport serving hospitals and health facilities

To allow hospital staff to get to their workplace without difficulty, Île-de-France Mobilités and public transport operator RATP - in close collaboration with the AP-HP, the university hospital trus...Read more
Read more 24/03/2020
Combating COVID-19 on public transport: Lessons from Shenzhen

Combating COVID-19 on public transport: Lessons from Shenzhen

Public transport is being placed under enormous strain from the COVID-19 virus, having to deal with both massively reduced passenger numbers and ensuring high levels of safety and hygiene for those st...Read more
Read more 25/03/2020
London implements new measures to ensure transport of critical workers

London implements new measures to ensure transport of critical workers

Transport for London (TfL) is taking a range of measures to slow down the spread of the virus. First of all, Mayor Sadiq Khan (in line with advice from the UK Government) has given clear instructio...Read more
Read more 25/03/2020
Lisbon announces range of measures to support keep city moving

Lisbon announces range of measures to support keep city moving

Lisbon has recently announced a series of measures in urban mobility in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Portuguese city has announced a suite of measures to combat the spread of the virus, i...Read more
Read more 26/03/2020
English councils to provide free parking for health service staff

English councils to provide free parking for health service staff

Plans have been announced to free parking for all health service staff in England. The plans, announced today (26 March), come following an agreement between the English Councils, the Local Governm...Read more
Read more 26/03/2020
Rio de Janeiro steps up measures on mobility

Rio de Janeiro steps up measures on mobility

Rio de Janeiro has stepped up the introduction of changes and measures to the city's transport system to limit the spread of COVID-19. The Brazilian city has been implementing changes to its transp...Read more
Read more 26/03/2020
Gelderland sets out measures to support logistics industry

Gelderland sets out measures to support logistics industry

The COVID-19 outbreak is having major impacts on logistics entrepreneurs, both positively and negatively. In response, the Dutch province of Gelderland is collaborating with and bringing together tran...Read more
Read more 27/03/2020
French cities set out changes to parking arrangements

French cities set out changes to parking arrangements

Cities across France are making changes to parking arrangements in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Information published by Association des Ingénieurs Territoriaux de France (AITF) sets out...Read more
Read more 27/03/2020
New York City announces measures on taxis, shared mobility and cycling

New York City announces measures on taxis, shared mobility and cycling

New York City has set out several announcements in recent days to adapt transport in the city to respond to COVID-19. Shared electric moped company Revel is offering free use of vehicles for health...Read more
Read more 27/03/2020
Glasgow launches free bike-sharing for health workers

Glasgow launches free bike-sharing for health workers

Glasgow has announced a partnership to provide free access to bike-sharing for all health workers in the city. Free nextbike memberships and e-bike rides are being given to National Health Service...Read more
Read more 30/03/2020
Canadian cities seek to close streets to traffic to aid COVID-19 response

Canadian cities seek to close streets to traffic to aid COVID-19 response

Two Canadian cities are exploring the potential of closing streets to vehicles to provide more space for pedestrians and cyclists to aid the cities' response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Vancouver and...Read more
Read more 31/03/2020