The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on our daily lives, including the way we move around our cities.
The need for social distancing and the reduced capacity of public transportation systems have led to an increase in the use of private transportation, which in turn has exacerbated traffic and pollution problems in many cities. However, this situation has also highlighted the importance of sustainable mobility in the post-COVID era.
In Mexico, transportation is responsible for a large portion of greenhouse gas emissions, and traffic is a common problem in many cities. Sustainable mobility, which includes the use of cleaner and more efficient modes of transportation, can play a significant role in reducing emissions and improving air quality in Mexican cities. Additionally, it can help reduce traffic congestion and improve accessibility and connectivity in urban areas.
Bicycles as a means of transportation
One of the main sustainable modes of transportation is the bicycle. The pandemic has led to an increase in bicycle use as a means of transportation, as it is a safe and healthy option for travel. Many Mexican cities, such as Mexico City and Guadalajara, have implemented measures to encourage bicycle use, such as the construction of dedicated bicycle lanes and the installation of bicycle parking facilities in public places. However, there is still much work to be done to improve bicycle infrastructure in many Mexican cities.
Electric public transportation
Another sustainable mode of transportation is electric public transportation. In many countries, including Mexico, public transportation is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. The transition to electric public transportation, which utilizes clean and renewable energy, can help significantly reduce emissions and improve air quality. In Mexico, some cities, such as Monterrey and Mexico City, have already begun to introduce electric buses into their fleets. However, there is still much work to be done to improve the necessary infrastructure for the widespread adoption of electric public transportation throughout the country.
Furthermore, sustainable mobility also includes the promotion of shared transportation options, such as carpooling and vehicle sharing. These options can reduce the number of vehicles on the roads and decrease traffic congestion. In the post-COVID era, many people may be less willing to share vehicles with strangers, which could make it challenging to promote carpooling and other forms of shared transportation. However, there are still opportunities to encourage shared transportation in workplace environments and in communities where people know each other.
Lastly, sustainable mobility also involves city planning and the development of urban infrastructure that fosters accessibility and connectivity.