For many policymakers, efforts to reopen the economy overlap with the need for green initiatives. As various regions prepare for the bumpy road ahead, the focus on green living and environmental protection has never been more crucial.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a life-changing event that will be prominent for the foreseeable future. As countries and cities prepare to lift lockdown or stay-at-home orders, many officials are looking for ways to enforce social distancing while restarting economies.
For many policymakers, these efforts overlap with the need for green initiatives. As various regions prepare for the bumpy road ahead, the focus on green living and environmental protection has never been more crucial.
If your city is easing its way out of quarantine, you may be wondering how it will safely do so. Through pedestrian and cycling areas, green space and renewable energy usage, cities are taking on green initiatives as the safest paths into the future for all citizens.
Cities across the world are taking initial steps to ease the transition into living in the post-coronavirus era. Though stay-at-home orders remain strong in some areas, going outside has never felt more important.
From New York to Paris to Bogotá, mayors are focusing on expanding sidewalks and cycling areas so citizens can properly social distance while still getting exercise and fresh air. Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to close off 40 miles of roads in New York City to allow for more recreational use. Since motor vehicle usage is down because of the quarantines, expanding areas for walking is a beneficial move.
Expanding pedestrian areas provides citizens with the space they need to exercise. It also further limits the number of cars in these designated areas. This decrease could facilitate a reduction in carbon emissions should it continue for a prolonged period.
This change is happening elsewhere in the world, too. Bogotá, Paris, Mexico City and Milan are several other cities focusing on pedestrian and cycling needs. In one instance, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo recently announced plans to allocate over 400 miles of roadways to cyclists after its lockdown lifts.