The world will never be the same after the pandemic and urban mobility policies will be fundamental in this new equation for the future of cities. We believe in the version that the planet forced us to realize that it had reached its limit.
According to several experts, this pandemic will not disappear for now. You may even have a new, stronger cycle in winter and some say that we will have to live in permanent pandemics, from other origins and forms. In Portugal, after almost two months of confinement, we gradually prepared to return to our activities and, consequently, to the public space. And this return continues to be studied in detail by our leaders, who try their best to find methods so that we can make that return without jeopardizing the personal and economic effort of these months at home.
Several cities in recent weeks have been demonstrating very effective measures, based on the likelihood of a person infected with Covid-19 and their impact on users of transports. At the moment, cities are developing essential plans and policies to deal with this new reality and with the change of mobility within regions.
We will have to rebuild cities. We will have to recover the building in a growing trend towards residency to the detriment of excessive use of tourism as it was happening. Taking advantage of this crisis to make transformative decisions in the construction of more resilient cities will be the way.
Since January 2019, EIT Urban Mobility has been working to encourage positive changes in the way people move around cities. This entity aims to be the largest European initiative to transform urban mobility, co-financed up to € 400 million (2020-2026) by the EIT to make local cities more prosperous.