More and more people are moving to cities, overwhelming our transportation systems. Predictions estimate that by 2030 up to 90% of the UK population will live in cities and urban areas. I live in the center of London, and as with any great city, mobility is key to personal and economic well being. Yet over a third of all car journeys in London are under 1.5 miles, and well over half of those journeys are as a single occupant in the car. In Midtown Manhattan, the average speed of traffic is often 4 mph or less. We are stuck in gridlock while the earth chokes on our exhaust.
Mobility is a need, but it’s not a right. We are privileged to be able to travel around our cities and our planet the way we do — but we will soon lose that privilege if we don’t start designing more innovative, efficient, and sustainable ways to do so. Innovation in urban mobility is needed now more than ever. Can we use any of the learnings that have been forced upon us by a global pandemic to adapt and change for the long term in how we travel?