The Urbanist

Coronavirus and mobility

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14 May 2020

Episode 448

30 minutes

The pandemic has reshaped the way that we move around our cities. Public transport usage is at an all-time low, cycling is on the rise and pedestrians have been reclaiming the streets and pavements. Could this be an opportunity for actual change in the places we live?

14 May 2020

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Chapter 1

12 minutes


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Chapter 1

Time for change?

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We hear from Claudia Adriazola-Steil from the World Resources Institute on how cities have been building more cycle lanes, expanding pavements and reducing overall car usage during lockdown.

12 minutes

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Chapter 2

8 minutes


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Chapter 2

Milan: Strade Aperte

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Milan is set to reallocate street space from cars to cycling and walking as a response to the crisis. Pierfrancesco Maran, urbanism & greenery councillor at city hall, tells us how this plan is becoming reality.

8 minutes

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Chapter 3

6 minutes


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Chapter 3

London: rediscovering the city

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Monocle’s Daniel Bach has always loved exploring a city by bicycle. Lockdown has allowed him to take advantage of empty streets and rediscover London.

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Chapter 4

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Chapter 4

SkedGo

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We hear about a new app that uses data from local authorities to provide real-time information on how full a bus or train carriage is, helping people to return to public transit without overcrowding.

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