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On the move in times of change

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is affecting communities worldwide. Its effects on mobility patterns and habits have been diverse and, at times, unpredictable. What’s more, both the situation and its consequences are changing swiftly.

Many local governments have responded skilfully, demonstrating resilience and the ability to keep people and things moving. Sustainable urban mobility is often central to their response. At the same time, COVID-19 has undeniably affected the functioning of existing mobility systems and people’s ability to move freely.

In the blog series “On the Move in Times of Change”, CIVTAS cities reflect on how they are responding to COVID-19 and the constantly evolving mobility landscape.


Cycling drives change as Turin’s transport system transforms

In this article, Gabriele Del Carlo, Assistant to the Deputy Mayor, and Marina Fochi, Junior City Planner, City of Turin, explain how cycling is at the centre of its mobility response to COVID-19.

Cycling takes centre stage as Dublin tackles COVID-19

Deirdre Kelly, Cycling & Walking Officer at Dublin City Council, explains the cycling measures introduced by the city due to COVID-19. The Irish capital is one of ten “Future Cycling Capitals” within CIVITAS Handshake.

Achieving even more sustainable mobility in Lucca post-COVID

This article explores how COVID-19 has affected mobility in the small Italian city of Lucca. It is located in Tuscany, which was one of the regions hit by the outbreak.

The impacts of COVID-19 on mobility and traffic flows in Funchal

A new smart traffic counting system installed by the Municipality of Funchal has given the city concrete data that highlights how mobility patterns have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the impact of the city's subsequently implemented contingency plans.

Daily commuting in the city: the impact of COVID-19 on Western Crete

Public transport and shared mobility are facing challenges driven by COVID-19 distancing rules, and the need to nonetheless commute for the most urgent needs (work, food supply, health). To capture the impact of the epidemic on citizens’ commuting habits and on shared mobility trends, an online survey was conducted in Rethymno and Chania (Crete).

Nudging towards sustainable mobility in Antwerp: post-COVID-19

Smart Ways to Antwerp – the Belgian city’s programme to stimulate sustainable mobility behaviour – wants to prevent the modal split from tilting back in favour of the car in light of ongoing safety concerns.

Member State responses

Many Member States have announced restrictions to transport – see a full list by country via the link below.

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EC guidance

The European Commission has released guidelines on the progressive restoration of transport services and connectivity.

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