As the world works to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, city leaders around the world have been starting to rethink many past assumptions about urban design, and consequently many plans have been introduced to change urban streetscapes providing more space for cyclists and pedestrians and less space for cars. This trend of redesigning and reallocating urban space is a unique opportunity to embrace cycling as an integral part of urban transport systems — not just as an accessory. As noted in our recent blog post which we co-authored together with the World Resources Institute (WRI), cities need more resilient, more equitable mobility — not only to weather the current storm, but to prepare for future crises.
Following this blogpost and unfolding discussion elsewhere, last week we joined a webinar organized by the Netherlands Consulate in San Francisco. Managing Director Lucas Harms discussed the challenges in re-shaping cities around the world with Allison Arrief (who wrote an acticle in the New York Times about the magic of empty streets), with Paul Supawanich from the Municipality of San Francisco, and with Lucas van der Linde from Goudappel Coffeng, who presented multiple best practices on bicycle inclusive urban planning that could be implemented in the U.S. For a recorded version of the entire webinar, please click here.
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