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December 08, 2020 1 min read

As our day to day routines have been upended by the pandemic, the effect as my of us work from home is clearly visible in the lack of the standard rush hour traffic. This made us think, especially as the 15-minute city conversation emerges as a new vision of urban living, are we able to see the changes in commuting within the See.Sense Data?

Looking at Manchester we are able to see a very clear drop off of See.Sense Cyclist in and around the city in 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. As you can see on the heat map below;

2019 (Jun - Aug)

2020 (Jun - Aug)

Despite the drop off in cycling within the city we are able to see a great increase in the suburban/rural areas around the south of Manchester, as more people have time to explore their local areas.

2019 (Jun - Aug)  

2020 (Jun - Aug)

Planners considering the ‘15-minute city’, one where everyone is able to meet most, if not all, of their needs within a short walk or bike ride from their home could benefit from insights about where people are cycling in these areas. 

With the vaccine now announced, it will be interesting to see how these patterns change over time, and whether new patterns change over time as the ‘new normal’ emerges. 

Be sure to contribute your cycling data insights using our free See.Sense app, paired with your light. Find out more here.