COMBATING EPIDEMICS IN TRANSPORT

Shift-Measures

To combat an epidemic with measures in transport, an Avoid-Shift-Improve Approach can be followed. It is important to shift to the promotion of clean public transport and walking & cycling as a resilient & contactless transport modes (in particular of essential traffic).

Measures
Great Britain - March 30, 2020

London Health Workers to receive free E-Bike Loaners to avoid Public Transport

Key National Health Service (NHS) workers in London are being offered a three-month e-bike loan to help them commute to work while smart distancing.

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London, Great Britain (Image: Gocycle)

Germany - March 29, 2020

Hamburg increases the Amount of Buses on heavily used Routes and provides new Services

Even in times of the Corona Virus the city of hamburg provides comprehensive bus and rail services. To tackle the spread of Covid-19 and ensure adequate distances between the passengers the timetables will be improved and additional services will be provided by April 1st. Bus ticket holder get reduced or even free night rides by taxi or MOIA.

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Hamburg, Germany (Photo by David Peters on Unsplash)

Worldwide - March 26, 2020

The Guardians of Mobility: Keeping Cities Alive and Moving

Public transport is the backbone of cities, providing an essential service to keep cities moving, particularly in times of pandemics. The key objective for public transport operators therefore has to be maintaining a minimum service. To that end, UITP has released a Factsheet (in several languages) providing recommendations for its worldwide community of members on how to prepare their transport networks for this pandemic and ensure the safety and wellbeing of staff and customers.

Guardins Of Mobility Photo By Uitp

Guardians of Mobility (Graphic by UITP)

Worldwide - March 24, 2020

As the Impacts of Coronavirus Grow, Micromobility Fills in the Gaps

At the time of this writing, COVID-19 is disrupting peoples’ daily lives in many ways, including restricting daily travel, from optional work-from-home arrangements to complete shutdowns. While the most common advice remains to limit travel, having reliable, affordable choices for that travel matters now more than ever.

Bike Scooter Sharing Photo By Lucian Alexe On Unsplash

Micromobility (Photo by Lucian Alexe on Unsplash)

Indonesia - March 21, 2020

Not Operating Non-BRT Buses and Night Transportation

The DKI Jakarta Provincial Government (Pemprov) has cut TransJakarta (TJ) bus services. Non-Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) or outside corridor transportation until night transportation will not be operated temporarily. Acting Director of PT TransJakarta, Yoga Adiwinarto, said that the TJ bus routes in operation are only the ones within the corridor.

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Jakarta, Indonesia (Photo by Moh Candra on Unsplash)

Colombia - March 18, 2020

Bogotá expands Bike Lanes to curb COVID-19 Spread

The Colombian capital of Bogotá is opening 76km (47 miles) of temporary bike lanes to reduce crowding on public transport and help prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as to improve air quality.

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Bogotá, Colombia (Photo by Andrew Gook on Unsplash)

Romania - March 18, 2020

Maximizing the Number of Trains to Avoid Overcrowding

The Bucharest subway operator Metrorex has put the maximum number of trains into use and waiting times are in between 2 and 4 minutes on the most crowded lines, transport minister Lucian Bode said. The minister said all subway trains are disinfected every 12 hours.

Meanwhile, more vehicles will enter into use in the overground public transport system to avoid crowding, Aurelian Bădulescu, the deputy mayor of Bucharest, said.

Thus, the number of trains in circulation will decrease by 15% to 20%, depending on the evolution of passenger traffic during this period.

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Bucharest, Rumania (Photo by Voicu Horațiu on Unsplash)

United States of America – March 17, 2020

Researchers call on government to enable safe walking and cycling during the COVID-19 pandemic

“As public health and transport researchers we fully support individuals, communities, and governments taking rapid and effective action against the growing pandemic of Covid-19. We recognise the importance of social distancing, with particular need to protect the most vulnerable.”

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Active Mobility (Photo by tam wai on Unsplash)

Indonesia - March 16/17, 2020

Verifying that the Government Still Provides Transportation Service

President Joko Widodo stressed that the government, including local governments, must continue to provide public transportation services. This directive relates to the corona virus outbreak (Covid-19) in Indonesia. "Public transportation must still be provided by the central government and regional governments," President Jokowi said at a press conference at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, Monday (3/16/2020).

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Jakarta, Indonesia (Photo by Azka Rayhansyah on Unsplash)

United States of America – March 14, 2020

A Surge in Biking to Avoid Crowded Trains in N.Y.C.

More New Yorkers are turning to cycling to minimize their coronavirus exposure. Citi Bike trips surged to more than half a million this month.

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New York City, USA (Photo by Kevin Hagen for The New York Times)

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