One year after the 1st confinement: How has covid catalized the new urban mobility?

The beginning with this virus was complicated for all of us but today we live with it. Covid-19 and curfews have changed many habits of all of us, including our mobility habits. We have all had to learn to live differently, urban mobility has changed and has allowed the creation of new modes of transport thanks to the enthusiasm towards two-wheelers.

Direction towards a new mobility …

The measures taken over the past year to fight the virus have led to a change in the way city dwellers travel. Their needs, and their use, have rapidly changed.

As many studies show, there will be a before and after Covid. Indeed, the modes of travel used today are not necessarily the same as those you used before.

Many people are now teleworking, and to avoid the spread of the virus, cities, regulatory authorities, public transport managers… are now looking for solutions to live best with this virus.

… more responsible

The beginning of 2020 was complicated, but manufacturers, assemblers, fleet managers ended this year on a high note. Twice as many bikes were sold in June 2020 as in June 2019.

A study conducted by Opinion Way, explains that 12% of French people (questioned) wanted to buy a bike and 46% would use it for business trips.

… more ecological

The pandemic made it possible to realize the impact that road traffic has on air quality. Thanks to the reduction of traffic, the pollution rate has decreased significantly.

Since these observations, many policies put forward the soft and ecological modes of transport. The objective is to create, all over the world, cities with car-free zones.

In London, 141 boroughs are car-free. For France, 700 kilometers of bike lanes have been created during the confinements. But also since 2019, the acceptance of the Law of Orientation of Mobilities. Budapest has also closed many voices dedicated to the car to open them to cyclists, but this city has also expanded its sidewalks for pedestrians.

The new mobility, individual

Citizens have moved away from collective mobilities to individual mobilities and more precisely to green mobility. Thanks to this will to reduce the spread of the virus while continuously going to personal activities, work … Users of soft mobility have reduced the carbon footprint. It is essential to promote decarbonized individual mobility.

Faced with health risks, two-wheeler users are protecting themselves, while creating a less polluted and greener environment. Mobilities such as EPDM, bicycles and scooters are prioritized over other modes of travel.

According to the UTP’s National Mobility Observatory, 66% of travelers used personal transportation during the lockdown.

In Paris, during rush hour, some major roads have more bicycles than cars.

Between May and June 2020, a 117% increase in sales of EVs was noted in France. As for the practice of cycling, it increased by 27% in 2020.

Urban mobility and cities

The alliance between cities and urban mobility is a real issue. It was during the COVID that the Paris City Hall launched a call for tenders for self-service scooters. Today, many other large cities are following Paris, in order to offer a fleet of bikes, scooters or scooters in free-floating.

Whether in Paris or around the world, temporary bicycle lanes such as coronapistes or velopolitain have appeared.

Parisian authorities are planning to create the RER-bikeway, 650 kilometers of bicycle routes. Milan, also plans to increase pedestrian streets and post-confinement cycling areas.

At the end of April 2020, a 20 million euro plan was created by the Ministry of Ecological Transition and Solidarity in partnership with the FUB (French Federation of Bicycle Users). In this plan, we find help to repair his bike or to buy a new bike.

The communities of communes had until March 31, 2021 to decide whether to take over management of the “mobility competence”. If the communities do not wish to manage this competence, the region will take charge of this territory.

The objective of increasing mobility allows for improved accessibility, while rethinking public space and urban planning.

Parking my motorized two-wheeler fleet

Parking is also an issue in this drive towards a new urban mobility.

Two-wheeler parking facilities are not promoted and are not available at the moment. The challenge now is to park your fleet’s vehicles safely to avoid damage and theft.

The increase in soft mobility is a great step forward for urban mobility. However, the more two-wheelers there are, the more thefts there are. In fact, 37% more electric bikes will be stolen in 2020, including 7% of owners who have already had a bike stolen.

In order to maximize multi-modal trips, it is necessary to be able to secure our different vehicles. In train stations and various public places, parking lots are being built to accommodate our two-wheelers.

Mobility and the two-wheeler market are booming since the beginning of the health crisis. The integration of a connectivity solution on your fleet allows you to geolocate your vehicles in real time and to know different key information about your fleet management.