Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources

Travel Transitions: How Transport Planners and Policy Makers Can Respond to Shifting Mobility Trends

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10:00-11:30 CEST

Young Tae Kim, Secretary-General of the International Transport Forum, provides opening remarks.

This online event will share insights from the ITF report "Travel Transitions: How Transport Planners and Policy Makers Can Respond to Shifting Mobility Trends", produced by ITF Working Group on Urban Travel Transition and New Mobility Behaviours in Light of Covid-19. The principal authors of each of the report's four chapters will present their findings followed by an interactive "question and answer" session.

The authors are:

  • Kiron Chatterjee (University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom): “Introduction” and “Trend breaks and travel transitions”
  • Javier Burrieza Galán (Nommon Solutions and Technologies, Spain): “Looking back to look ahead”
  • Glenn Lyons (University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom): “Handling uncertainty in assessing travel transitions”
  • Karolina Isaksson (National Road and Transport Research Institute, Sweden) and Greg Marsden (University of Leeds, United Kingdom): “Governance challenges and opportunities”

Travel behaviour has evolved in unexpected ways in urbanised areas in the early 21st century. The report examines how significant breaks with past trends happened - and why these shifts were not foreseen. The Covid-19 pandemic adds to uncertainty about future demand to travel. Forecast-led transport planning is not well equipped to handle uncertainty. The report presents new approaches which explicitly address uncertainty, are vision-led and enable the development of resilient plans. It also considers how governance and institutions can be adapted to support such a paradigm shift.

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