The Wuhan Effect? An interesting distraction

Yellow Crane Tower, Wuhan China

by Greg Marsden Traffic levels in Wuhan post lockdown have bounced back to greater than before – The Wuhan Effect is beginning to creep into our professional discourse. Really? In 25 years of working in transport planning no-one has ever pointed Wuhan out to me and told me that I should be re-thinking UK transport … Read more The Wuhan Effect? An interesting distraction

If not now, when? Road space reallocation and climate smart recovery

five people waiting to cross a street attempting to stand 6 feet apart

by Dr Kadambari Lokesh The Covid-19 “lockdown” restrictions have had a profound effect on travel. Car-based commutes have dropped by about 60-70%. Air quality in our major cities has never been better. However, there are some critical decisions to be taken quickly about how the gradual easing of social distancing is managed. Nowhere is this … Read more If not now, when? Road space reallocation and climate smart recovery

Covid-19 and Decarbonising Transport Survey Results

empty streets outside Leeds rail station, with barricades and a road sign that reads "stay home, protect the NHS, save lives"

We put out a short survey earlier this month about Covid-19 and decarbonising transport. In the survey we asked our network members how their work has been affected by the Covid-19 lockdown and how they would like to engage with us over the next few months. We were very pleased with the response, 63 network … Read more Covid-19 and Decarbonising Transport Survey Results

A great mobility transformation

Row of bright coloured knitted rainbows hanging on a steel gate

By Monika Büscher for de Gruyter There are no passenger flights, the streets are filled with birdsong, in some countries walking and cycling has increased by 90%, and the air is clear: a silver lining at a time of great tragedy. In fact, the mass (im)mobilisation of Covid-19 is set to enable the largest ever … Read more A great mobility transformation

Covid-19: Other mobilities are (im)possible

Monika Büscher, Centre for Mobilities Research, Lancaster University Other mobilities are possible. But will a systemic shock engender systemic change? Covid-19 (aka Coronavirus) has shut down air travel and the global economy, and incited a mass-move online to work, meet, and socialise. When the catastrophe is over, will some of the lessons, values, and new … Read more Covid-19: Other mobilities are (im)possible

Coronavirus and the Climate Emergency

by Richard Walker When I joined the DecarboN8 Network team at ITS on a secondment from the Department for Transport just four short weeks ago, I did not expect to be writing a blog to introduce myself in circumstances of a public health emergency that will change the world drastically. I was expecting to be … Read more Coronavirus and the Climate Emergency