COVID-19 is affecting everyone’s life in many ways, influencing how people work, communicate with each other and even how to relax. It has especially affected people’s mobility. Streets are empty and many people refuse to use public transport and shared mobility systems. However, is it not all bad news, the number of cars on the streets has fallen significantly and walking and cycling have risen. Examples of this are seen around the world.
The Berlin district of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg was one of the first cities to introduce temporary cycling infrastructure, making cyclists feel safer and more comfortable. Dutch consultancy Mobycon supported the development in Berlin and have now produced an urban mobility guidebook. This guide delivers a foundation for planning safe, temporary and immediate infrastructure to inspire cities around the world to encourage active mobility.
CEO of Mobycon, Johan Diepens, said: ‘The chain is only as strong as its weakest link: bottlenecks and unsafe spots on cycle routes must be eliminated quickly so that everyone can cycle safely and comfortably and still maintain the required distance from one another.’
‘We hope that the current (re)discovery of the bicycle will help re-establish it as a popular, healthy and space-efficient means of transport in the long term and contribute to more liveable, sustainable and dynamic cities!’
If you have questions about the guide or how to introduce some of the measures in your community, please contact Lennart Nout, Manager of International Strategy
Original article first published by Peter Boytman
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