Daring Cities Sessions

Active Mobility

The Role of Transport in Urban Resilience: Responding to COVID-19, Climate Emergency and Other Crises

As governments focus their attention on addressing the COVID-19 pandemic in their countries, it will be of utmost importance that other priorities such as climate change or road safety are not scaled back. The fear is that the threat of COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on public transport and prompt more people to choose individual car-based transport. But the world cannot accept further delays and cancellation of planned legislation and infrastructure implementations that impact on sustainable urban mobility. Post-COVID-19, cities will have to promote more sustainable pathways, in which economic development is decoupled from private motorization – in order to enhance the cities’ resilience of future crises. Previous crises have shaped how cities are planned and how people move in them. We have a window of opportunity to learn from the current pandemic and to build back better by making our mobility systems more resilient and responsive to crises.

Active Mobility: Bringing People Together

Around the world, the negative impacts of our reliance on cars play out on a day-to-day basis. Mobility is in need of a total rethinking. Walking and cycling – active mobility – are equitable, affordable and efficient mobility options that have little adverse impact on the environment. Active mobility supports transport planning ambitions. Walking and cycling are space efficient, flexible, have low individual and societal costs, and, in combination with public transport, can cover almost all mobility needs. This session will focus on the importance of active mobility and how local governments can seize the opportunity offered by the pandemic with an improved urban design and city planning.