- During the pandemic that was a reduction in car use, public transport shut down and there was a major increase in working from home. This caused a shift from physical mobility to digital communication. It also contributed to a decrease in air pollution and emissions.
- People may be hesitant to go back to public transportation, having been encouraged to use this form of transportation prior to the pandemic and then encouraged to stay away from public transportation. People have preferred to be in their own vehicle “bubble”.
- Working from home increased exponentially during the pandemic, which has redefined what ‘workforce’ looks like in the corporate world. It seems that working from home will be an inelastic trend as it has been seen to be popular as well as productive, with a need to determine the right approach in the future. People may work from home with a few days in the office each week.
- The diminished availability of public transport affected essential workers and lower income households. The working from home trend didn’t apply to essential workers who have to work on-site in hospitals, supermarkets, etc. The lack of public transportation had health and economic consequences for essential workers resulting in longer times to get to and from work or no availability at all.
- There may be a move to regional offices rather than city centre offices. This will have a positive impact on traffic problems but how will city centres be repurposed?
Movement and Mobility
Summary of the Movement and Mobility discussion from the previous consultation in January 2021
What are your thoughts on this topic? What do you think the solutions to this topic are as we move out of the pandemic?
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