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COVID-19 and Sustainable Mobility – Early Observations and Documentation

When the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic became an international challenge at the beginning of March 2020, we very quickly realized that the impact on the transport sector would be enormous. Not only that the transport sector is one of the transmission vectors, but also that with the social and economic constraints, it became clear that transport demand would decrease and that transport services would have to be adapted to the conditions of the emergency.

The result of our early observations and analysis is an initial summary – it traces, documents and provides initial orientation. It documents the period early of March to early May 2020, i.e. the phase in which the COVID-19 crisis took on a global character. The paper concentrates on urban mobility, looks at the COVID-19 crisis itself, measures taken by cities and the respective potential effects. It does not claim to be exhaustive or balanced, but focuses closely on sustainable mobility solutions, such as public transport, cycling and walking, shared mobility and public space development. In doing so, we document observations, facts and initial assessments.

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Authors: Sebastian Ibold, Armin Wagner, Nicola Medimorec, Julieta Peruzz