Cities play a major role in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic as many measures are adopted at the scale of cities and involve adjustments to the way urban areas operate. Drawing from case studies across the globe, this book explores how the pandemic and the policies it has prompted have caused changes in the ways cities function.
The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed mobility behaviour. Many trips have been reduced due to the restrictions in everyday life, public transport has been shunned as a common means of transport, and in its place, there has been a shift to the private car as well as to walking and cycling. This article first analyses the developments and impacts of the pandemic on mobility. It then shows which new pathways transport policy and administration are taking to cope with the crisis.
The demand for bicycles is greater than ever: In the pandemic, many people discovered cycling as a means of transport. It's good for you as well as the climate - and it makes you happy. Why is that? Sophia Becker in conversation with flow magazine.
It was one year ago that the first pop-up bike lane was established in Berlin at Hallesches Ufer. Many more followed - especially in the district Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. Air quality measurements on Kottbusser Damm show that cyclists are now exposed to less air pollution in the form of nitrogen dioxide (NO₂) than before the pop-up bike lanes were set up - regardless of the pandemic.
The MODUS-COVID report of 05.02.2021 deals with the current contact reductions and possible slight relaxations. Sophia Becker contributed to the report, among other things to bring in a behavioural psychology perspective.
Sophia Becker was invited by the Swedish radio station Sveriges Radio to compare the transport policies of different European cities at the time of the Corona Crisis.
In an interview with fairkehr, the magazine of the Verkehrsclub Deutschland (VCD), Julia Jarass talks about changes in mobility behaviour due to the Corona crisis and the associated opportunities for cities.
In an interview with the specialist portal GIS-IQ, Alexander Czeh explains what measures cities took during the Corona crisis to create better conditions for cycling and walking.
The Covid-19 pandemic has clearly influenced mobility behaviour. While public transport is struggling with a sharp decline in ridership, individual forms of mobility - such as walking, cycling and car transport - are gaining in importance. At the same time, protection against infection and adherence to distance rules have the highest priority. In Berlin, a so-called pop-up bike infrastructure is being created - temporary bike lanes that enable safe cycling and the necessary distance with simple means. What reactions do the pop-up bike lanes provoke among road users? The aim of the present study was to record the reactions and perceptions in the form of advantages and disadvantages by means of an online survey.