The pandemic has taken cars off urban streets. Will it last?

With a sharp drop in auto traffic due to the coronavirus, cities around the globe have closed streets to cars and expanded pedestrian thoroughfares and bike lanes. But as life edges back to normal, will these initiatives survive?

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In the walking capitals of the world, drivers still rule the road

In sub-Saharan Africa, about half of travelers move around by foot. Yet in its cities, conditions for pedestrians remain incredibly dangerous.

Thinking of buying a bike? Get ready for a very long wait

The United States is facing a shortage of bicycles as anxiety over public transportation and a desire to exercise has sent the demand surging.

Streets should be car-free during lockdown. And after

Cholera changed the face of Paris. Will Covid-19 change the streets of New York?

Coronavirus lockdowns make cities more walkable

Urban experts say walkability demands may be hard to reverse after restrictions on movement in cities imposed because of coronavirus are lifted.


4 cheap ways to make urban transportation better

City leaders: Before buying a hyperloop, maybe fix your sidewalk?

How many lives could car-free 'superblocks' save?

If fully implemented, the plan to recapture 70 percent of street space for pedestrians could have an enormous public health impact.
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