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The coronavirus pandemic has had an immense impact on societies across the world, and transport has not been spared its effects. When lockdowns suspended everyday life, urban transportation usage plummeted to its lowest level in decades as commuting and leisure trips came to an abrupt halt for millions of people. In this video, the environment and transport journalist, Sam Morgan, presents a few inspiring initiatives across Europe that could reshape our urban spaces permanently. Paris started planning the creation of hundreds of kilometers of new cycle paths and started transforming the capital into a "15-minute-city". Brussels' residents also welcome the new cycling infrastructure in the fight against air pollution, however they insist that there is still a lot of work to be done. Amsterdam on the other hand offers plenty of lessons and best practices for city planners on how to redesign public space and expand urban bike networks while making cycling safer. This video provides insights on how cities will or should look like post-pandemic and shows how all of the following form a virtuous circle: more and safer cycling infrastructure should mean more bike users and less cars, which in turn implies more space available for pedestrians and cyclists which then allows for even more cycle paths etc. Eventually this should mean cleaner air and healthier and more liveable cities for everyone.

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