May 19, 2020 2 min read
Coronavirus is expediting the trend for cities to be remade for more active travel. During lockdown, cycling has shown itself to be a resilient and sustainable form of transport, enabling key workers to travel to work while social distancing, and the lockdown population to exercise and keep fit. And as lockdown release strategies come into play, many cities are encouraging people to cycle to work, to ease pressure on the transit systems and also as a way to enable physical distancing.
While cities must look at short term measures to respond, it is evident that they must also consider medium and long term responses to support more people to cycle. The backdrop to coronavirus remains pressures that existed pre-covid: climate change and necessity to decarbonise transport and reduce pollution haven’t gone away.
Once temporary schemes are in place, cities will want to monitor their effectiveness, and then review and decide whether to make them permanent, as part of the city’s overall cycling network. At the heart of these decisions will be good data, which for cycling can be difficult to obtain the breadth of requirements until now.
See.Sense data can help you answer the following questions:
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