The future of urban mobility after the pandemic | CNBC Reports


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The Covid-19 pandemic is likely to change our way of life, particularly in cities. As urban areas around the world emerge from lockdown, how will city planners enforce social distancing while allowing the mobility that binds cities together? From as far back as the Athens plague in 430 BC, which changed the tide of battle in Athens's war against Sparta, to London’s Cholera outbreak in the 1850s, pandemics have always left their mark on societies. This is the Victoria Embankment. Completed in 1870, it’s a promenade that runs for a mile and a quarter along the river Thames and is one of London’s most popular landmarks. But it was built, not as an attraction, but to save lives through a new modern sewage system to prevent future cholera outbreaks. Fast forward 150 years and this time the focus for cities is not better sewage systems but ways to maintain social distancing. During the pandemic social distancing on public transport is impractical, while reverting to the use of cars will only add to the pollution and heavily congested roads in cities. So, what other solutions are there? We think that millions more people can cycle in London.