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China’s economic growth and urbanisation over the past three decades have lifted millions out of poverty and improved the choices and wellbeing of many. At the same time, these processes have led to a massive increase in transport volume, making air pollution, congestion, traffic accidents and noise nuisance sad characteristics of Chinese metropolises that affect the newly gained quality of life. In addition, much of the growth in transport GHG emissions is generated in cities and urban growth is bound to continue for the next decades to come. Reducing GHG emissions from urban transport is therefore a necessity for sustainable development not only in Chinese cities but in the whole country and the world.

Update: 20.3.2020 // Reflections on Cycling, Public Space and Introduction of Proposed Conceptual Framework for Transport Sector Response to COVID-19 based on Avoid-Shift-Improve Approach On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. It is highly likely that the corona virus outbreak will have longer-term impacts to our individual behavior and lifestyle, the way we work, consume and travel. Transport and in particular public transport are on the one hand a vector for global and local distribution of the virus. On the other hand, public transport is severely impacted by travel bans and individual concerns in order to avoid public gatherings leading to plummeting ridership and reduced travel and transport demand. Furthermore, in recent days, many countries have closed their borders and imposed curfews – resulting in sharp reductions in transport demand also in regional and continental level. Due to the virus outbreak, many workplaces…

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