The global pandemic prompts rapid change in urban mobility practices to keep transportation workers and users safe.
With physical distancing now critical to prevent the spread of COVID-19, cities are looking to quickly adapt urban mobility practices to support safe travel and access to essential work and services. Given an uncertain timeline and unpredictable economy, policy makers and mobility planners are challenged with balancing current and future needs while promoting a new long-term sustainable agenda.
According to transportation advisor and mobility subject matter expert John Howe, success of the roadmap ahead relies on rapid-action planning and implementation to help communities become more stable. John is working closely with transport authorities, operators and developers to assess the impact of the pandemic on their communities, advise on their strategies to meet current needs and plan for the future.
“Our mobility experts located in cities around the world are ready with effective pandemic response solutions that can be incorporated into existing plans. We can help with recovery and prepare city leaders for the next generation of planning.”
- John Howe, transportation advisor
Unlocking mobility response solutionsWhat should cities and their transportation planners consider in the short-term as quick, affordable measures to promote effective physical distancing with smart mobility practices? Wood has identified key opportunities for quick-change enablement that can help offset COVID’s impact:
Creating a network of open streets for active mobility
Repurposing motor vehicle lanes and on-street parking for walking and cycling mobility with a focus on routes that support essential workers.
Redefining curb lanes for physical distancing
Transforming curb lanes and replacing static on-street parking spaces with pick-up and delivery zones, stands for bicycle and scooter parking and larger areas for queuing.
Updating goods movement strategies for increased distribution
Rethinking goods and movement strategies to reflect safe 24/7 distribution, instant consumer fulfillment and relaxed on-street parking restrictions for trucks and delivery vehicles.
Integrating sustainable practices for safe public transit
Implementing physical distancing guidelines in every point of a journey and rescoping transit services to suit demand of essential workers.
Helping users find their way
Producing signs to support workers and users in navigating and embracing new ways of mobility.
John Howe’s 32-year career in high-profile strategic private and public sector roles has helped shape sustainable infrastructure development in Canada.
Most recently he founded his own consulting business. As transportation advisor, he plays a pivotal part in designing progressive mobility solutions for our clients using trend analysis and smart technology.
John has two degrees from Carleton University, in Ottawa, a Master’s in Public Policy and Administration and a Bachelor’s in Public Administration.