The usage of electric transportation is becoming trending more over multiple cities across the globe, Tesla for example exploded their sales last year even outside North America a big part of this was due to the pandemic and people having the need of more individual transportation whether through cars or other means of transportation.
The bike inventory was drained in multiple places that established a new way for people to move too, which is something incredible thinking in how cities are becoming more friendly places to move with bikes or even scooters. Versatility and just the cost of these vehicles were partially top reasons why people went straight to purchase them.
As people is becoming more aware of carbon emissions Electric Mobility in general can have a great impact and contribution to the overall reduction in carbon emissions, the overall goal is try to reduce as much as possible these carbon emissions. Purchasing or using different vehicles is just a step towards that direction but is not the only way.
As people is using more often bikes and scooters cities are also trying to adapt this new demand for roads ready to these means of transportation.
According to El País (Spain): “As a result of the health crisis, Paris has built a further 50 kilometers of temporary bike lanes by taking space away from motor vehicles. These lanes are wide, protected and they connect stretches of the existing network.” (Check image comparison below París vs. Madrid)
Credits: El País (Spain) Bike lanes: How cities across the world are responding to the pandemic
The question is this just a temporary solution or is this going to become a definite goal for cities and trends for long term usage and establishment of exclusive lanes for bikes and scooters.
According to fast company: “It’s not clear how many of the cities that made temporary changes during the pandemic will make those permanent. But it just takes political leadership, says Mike Lydon, a principle at the firm Street Plans. “There’s nothing physically that should prevent them from making large network based and systemic changes,” he says. “It requires the ability to just commit to it”
Purchasing, Investing or Just making the vehicles available for others can be just part of the initiatives you might take, but one thing is certainly part of this conversation. Investments in green mobility can be long term not just for you but for the good of all communities around you. Investing in individual and sustainable mobility is more than buying a vehicle, it is providing solutions to your city, it is investing in an emission-free economy. Put your money to work positively for the environment and where your mouth is as they said.
Let’s see where cities will arrive in 2021!