Recognizing the impact COVID-19 has had on many lifes, countries and industries, the Interreg projects MELINDA and SaMBA decided to take a look at its impact on mobility behaviours, and in particular how it has influenced activities in the pilots.
While in the first months a drastic drop in mobility was observed due to many people working from home, the challenges have now shifted as measures have been continously lifted in many Alpine countries. One of the most obvious consequences of COVID-19 is the avoidance of public transport, carpooling and other shared means of transport. The private car has gained momentum once again. On the other hand, the situation in public transport has led many people to experiment with mobility behaviour: There are been a sharp rise in cyclists after the first months of the pandemic. Some countries, such as France and Italy, have recognized this shift towards bikes and support it via monetary incentives, which is a welcome support of sustainable transport means.
Summing up impacts and lessons learnt, MELINDA has prepared a Green Paper on COVID-19. It shows how mobility needs to be reshaped to meet today's needs and draws conclusions for municipalities as drivers of local mobility. Last but not least, SaMBA and MELINDA have formulated new challenges arising in the pilot sites due to COVID-19. Many of the planned activities had to be postponed, remodelled, cancelled.
Read here how the SaMBA pilots have been affected and which recovery measures are in place to secure the success of the SaMBA project.
Read about the MELINDA pilots here.