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Amongst the terrible harm that coronavirus is causing, there is a thread of opportunity for city transport and mobility planners across the globe. Consumers’ mobility habits are changing drastically as we avoid public transport and turn more often to bicycles or our own feet to make local trips. These new habits give city transport planners an opening to proactively sustain new desirable behavior, such as fostering biking and walking and avoid unwanted scenarios, such as people reverting back to individual cars for longer urban distances.
Germany imposed a travel ban on March 23rd and by the first week of April, the distance traveled per person per day fell from the usual average of around 40km to around 15km—and still falling. Added to this, there’s been a dramatic drop in the number of kilometers traveled on public transport, with people covering more distances on foot or bicycle instead.