With some European cities, including Amsterdam slowly getting back to normal life after quarantines and lockdowns, one of the questions popping in everyone’s mind is: ‘how are we going to get around?’ Sitting in a crowded bus, tram or train seems scary, with a deadly virus still on the loose. But everybody in their own cars will clog cities up in no time. Bicycles and e-scooters seem the way to go.
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COVID-19 and the future of mobility
The lockdowns as a result of the spreading of the coronavirus, resulted in empty city centers. It has given legislatures an opportunity to push the reset button and rethink the way their city operates. More and more cities around the world are adapting their infrastructures to cater for individual, sustainable and efficient modes of transport. In the UK, London pledged £2 billion to reduce car traffic and stimulate cycling. Paris is rapidly rolling out temporary cycling lanes that might just be permanent. In Italy, Milan is turning 35 kilometers of its streets from roadways to bicycle paths this summer.