Has Europe's Coronavirus Cycling Boom Peaked? #infographic

 

Has Europe's Coronavirus Cycling Boom Peaked? #infographic

Across Europe, as soon as the pandemic hit the continent earlier this year, people who could not operate from home abandoned public transportation and found a safer commuting alternative in the form of a bicycle. By implementing facilities such as cycle paths, traffic calming measures and car-free streets, governments have worked to promote higher numbers of cyclists, although some of the initiatives have been temporary. In one of the few optimistic stories of the Covid-19 period, at least EUR 1 billion was invested in cycling during the entire pandemic. Sadly, however, it seems that the emphasis on infrastructure to help cyclists in Europe could be only temporary.

Data from the European Cyclists' Federation demonstrates how, in late April, the amount of kilometres of cycling infrastructure planned across Europe took off. By mid-May, 500 km had been declared as being introduced and by mid-July that steadily expanded to around 1,000 km, where it has largely remained ever since. That also marks a time of substantial decrease in the incidence of European infections, likely causing some governments to believe that the worst of the pandemic was over. Unfortunately, Europe is now in the grip of a second wave, and it remains to be seen if, during the winter months, the number of initiatives expected to help cyclists can increase again.

Has Europe's Coronavirus Cycling Boom Peaked? #infographic

infographic by: www.statista.com

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