Emissions dropped during COVID-19. Here’s what cities can do to keep them from rising
by Joan Fitzgerald, Fast Company
COVID-19 upended our daily lives and shifted our relationship to transportation, although we don’t yet know how trends that started during the pandemic will play out. Will people forsake public transit for cars? Will street closures continue, creating more permanent space for walking, biking, and outdoor restaurants? Will work-from-home continue to be the norm, cutting down on commuting hours—and emissions—in the process?
Greenhouse gas emissions dropped 17% at the height of the coronavirus crisis, but in order to harness that, major changes will need to be enacted. One of the most significant ways to accomplish that is by electrifying the two primary types of vehicles on city streets: cars and buses.