COVID-19 and Sustainable Mobility – Early Observations and Documentation

When the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic became an international challenge at the beginning of March 2020, we realized very quickly that the impact on the transport sector would be enormous. Not only is the transport sector one of the transmission vectors, but the demand for transport will decrease amid the social and economic constraints imposed during the pandemic, and transport services have to be adapted to the conditions of the public health emergency. The result of our early observations and analysis is an initial summary – it traces and documents recent developments and provides initial orientation. It documents the period early of March to early May 2020, i.e. the phase in which the COVID-19 crisis took on a global character. The paper concentrates on urban mobility, looks at the COVID-19 crisis itself, measures taken by cities and the respective potential effects. It does not claim to be exhaustive or balanced, but focuses closely on sustainable mobility solutions, such as public transport, cycling and walking, shared mobility and public space development. In doing so, we document observations, facts and initial assessments.


Sino-German Coperation on Low Carbon Transport (CLCT)

Project country
Political Partners
Ministry of Transport of the People’s Republic of China (MoT)
Implementation Partners
Transport Service Department of the Ministry of Transport of the People’s Republic of China (MoT)
03/2015 - 07/2022