The Morning Commute Blog

A blog series featuring opinion pieces on sustainable, low carbon transport.

The Time is Now: Investing in the Transport Revolution

Shared by Henrik Nolmark, Director, Volvo Research and Educational Foundations

We need to encourage young leaders and experts to listen and learn beyond their comfort zones. Hanging with your peers, following your well-known information and learning channels is absolutely fine, but to deepen our understanding of context and how to drive transition we also have to meet people with other perspectives.”

Shared by Sheila Watson, Deputy Director, FIA Foundation

We in the sustainable mobility community know what needs to be done. We have been arguing for it for years. This is our moment to bring all of that knowledge to bear, and to press the case to governments, policymakers and the public alike that a sustainable city, with clean and low carbon mobility is one that works for ourselves, our communities and our planet.”

COVID-19 and Mobility: Reflections from the SLOCAT Board of Directors

Shared by Kalpana Viswanath, Co-Founder and CEO, Safetipin

Not everyone can work from home – it is the privilege of certain kinds of occupations. Factory workers, domestic workers, health workers, street vendors, the hospitality sector  – in reality all blue collar workers as well as those in the informal sector, will need to venture out of their homes to be able to earn money and survive.”

Shared by Aimee Gauthier, Chief Knowledge Officer, ITDP

Now is the moment when we need to come to terms with transportation as political… We as a sector have had a harder time coming to terms with transportation as values, as power dynamics writ large through our cities, as manifestations and perpetuators of historical and current inequities, including colonialism, racism, xenophobia, etc.”

Shared by Sergio Avelleda, Director of Urban Mobility, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

“Public budgets must consolidate the amounts spent on individual motorised transport. This is the first step to qualify the discussion on funding measures for public transport based on charging the use of cars and motorcycles. Expenses with individual motorised transport should be presented in a single budget line so as to give visibility and transparency to the expenditures.”

Shared by François Davenne, Director General, UIC

UIC has launched the COVID-19 Task Force, which held its kick-off meeting by video conference on 5 March 2020. Since then, and in the spirit of sharing current practices, UIC members and partner organisations have provided the Task Force with relevant information leading to the publication of a series of guidance documents.

Shared by Rana Adib, Executive Director, REN21

“COVID-19 forcibly separated us, but it should also bring us together: both the energy and transport sectors need to cooperate to seize this unusual moment, so that we put in place innovative strategies and policies that allow people and goods to be transported cleanly and efficiently – and better than before.”

Shared by Mohammed Alsayed, Manager, Economic Infrastructure at Islamic Development Bank, and published in the IsDB SDG Digest Special Edition on COVID-19

The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) allocates US$ 2.3 billion for its Group Strategic Preparedness and Response Programme for COVID-19 pandemic which aims to support Member Countries’ efforts to prevent, contain, mitigate and recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

Written by Tsu-Jui Cheng, on behalf of Gino Van Begin, ICLEI Secretary General

“Public transport is keeping cities moving through the crisis, getting essential workers to their jobs and supporting essential services. However, this is high risk work for drivers and operators even as they step up use of personal protective equipment and hygiene measures.”

Shared by Bronwen Thornton, SLOCAT Board Chair and Walk21 CEO

“Our shoes are the essential low carbon ‘vehicles’ that need priority over other modes, to get the world back on its feet and provide the foundation for the recovery of all other sustainable mobility and more liveable urban streets and public spaces for everyone.”