In The Verge, Guidehouse Insights discusses the pandemic’s impact on urban mobility
City planners worldwide are looking into new ways to design urban transportation in the COVID-19 era. With public transportation being used less frequently than before, as it often lacks enough access to fresh air and space for social distancing, bicycles have emerged as an ideal mode of transportation because of flexibility and fewer emissions.
“E-bike sales initially got hit pretty hard during lockdowns since many retail stores were closed down,” Citron said. “However, since bike shops have reopened, sales have been increasing rapidly.”
If stores can stay open, Citron expects e-bike sales to keep in line with previous forecasts or slightly surpassing them by the end of the year, “as consumers look for more personal mobility options and physically distanced transport in the age of COVID.”