Post-COVID Transportation Infrastructure: A major shift to public transit and active modes is the only realistic answer

Streetsblog, Oct 2020 Study: We Can’t Fix Transportation-Related Climate Emissions With EVs Alone: And a major shift to public transit and active modes is the only realistic answer. By Kea Wilson Oct 2, 2020 The U.S. can’t simply electrify its way out of the transportation-related carbon disaster — and thinking that it can might actually delay what really works: shifting people …

What Is the Carbon Footprint of Transportation? Driving big cars and flying short distances are the worst.

Lloyd Alter https://www.treehugger.com/what-is-the-carbon-footprint-of-transportation-5081940 October 13, 2020 The statistician and engineer W. Edwards Deming once said “In God we trust. All others must bring data.” Some of the best data come from the Our World in Data team at Oxford University. Their latest looks at what form of transport has the smallest carbon footprint. Probably to no one’s surprise, driving a big car …

From garden streets to bike highways: four ideas for post-Covid cities – visualised

As the pandemic wreaks havoc on existing structures, we look at some visions for post-Covid cities – and how they hold up Chris Michael, Lydia McMullan and Frank Hulley-Jones in The Guardian, 25 Sep 2020 There is a huge, looming, unanswerable question that overshadows our cities, like an elephant squatting in the central square. Will a Covid-19 vaccine or herd immunity return us …

The pandemic created a biking explosion. How can cities make it permanent?

We need to future-proof our cities so active travel is always an easy option. The pandemic created a biking explosion. How can cities make it permanent? By Gareth Nettleton, Sept 2020 For decades, humans have been marginalized in the urban transport equation. But during the pandemic, we’ve seen an urgent need to shift the balance back in favor of human-powered …

Bicycling engages our bodies and our senses

From VBike in Vermont, 2020 How we use our bodies, take in the world through our senses, and connect with the our local ecological and social communities is something that is of utmost importance in the VBike philosophy and vision. In some ways what VBike is promoting is really not so much about the bike, but more about relationships to …

As e-bike users discover how much further they can travel in a given amount of time, they start using their bikes more and their cars less

StreetsBlog, Sept 2020 Cycling Industry News reports on a study in Norway that finds that as e-bike users discover how much further they can travel in a given amount of time, they start using their bikes more and their cars less. The study of Oslo bicyclists found that e-bike users were traveling 340 percent further on average than they were on their …

Mobility data for fairer transport systems. Also, study shows for bikes and bicycling infrastructure, “build it and they will come” is true

27th July 2020 Sarah Wray https://cities-today.com/mobility-data-foundational-for-fairer-transport-systems/Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation Cities worldwide have been disrupted like never before by COVID-19 – all citizens have been affected but not necessarily equally. In the US, for instance, evidence suggests that non-white communities have been disproportionately impacted by the virus in terms of deaths, job losses, risk of exposure and more. Mayors have vowed to …

How community bike shops are coping in a COVID-19 world

By Jarrod Patrone on StreetsBlog, Jul 14, 2020 In a world where normal travel patterns have been placed on hold, COVID-19 has created opportunity in the bicycle realm. Bike shops are overwhelmed with business, cities across the globe are repurposing major thoroughfares to allow for socially distanced transportation and recreation, and bike-share systems are experiencing large increases in ridership. Nonprofit community bike shops exist to …

How the ‘15-Minute City’ Could Help Post-Pandemic Recovery

A new C40 Cities report touts Paris’s model for putting essentials within close walking or biking distance as an economic boost for coronavirus-ravaged municipal budgets. Patrick Sisson, Bloomburg, July 15, 2020 The Covid-19 crisis in the U.S. has torn a hole in city budgets, decimating urban economies across the country even as infections continue to roar back and the specter of second-wave lockdowns loom. …

Keep riders on their bikes

As physical distancing measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 begin to relax in some countries and people return to work, the fears surrounding transportation and commuting continue to weigh on the minds of many. Once popular options like public transit and ridesharing, such as Uber, now carry the risk of potentially exposing riders to COVID-19. The Toronto Transit Commission recently reported that …