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COVID-19 Restrictions

How COVID-19 Impacted Mobility in California

Analysis of cell phone location tracking data shows changes in how Californians have moved around since the pandemic.

April 7, 2021 - U.S. News & World Report


Gyms Getting Replaced by At-Home Workout Solutions

With most gyms closed to the pandemic and its associated restrictions, more and more people are getting exercise equipment installed in their own homes to maintain their fitness goals and routines.

February 9, 2021 - Outside

Nighttime Traffic

Where the Pandemic Has Scrambled Traffic Patterns

The map of metropolitan areas that drive least, and thus emit fewer greenhouse gas emissions, has been completely redrawn by the pandemic, according to a recent report.

January 25, 2021 - Smart Cities Dive

Coronavirus Pandemic

Why Playgrounds Need to Stay Open

California has reversed its decision to close playgrounds as part of the state's stay-at-home order after some legislators and parents complained and argued that children need outdoor play for their health and well-being.

December 15, 2020 - CALmatters

Carpool Lane Sticker

Pandemic Emissions Prove How Much of a Difference the U.S. Could Make by Driving Less

Driving in the United States accounted for five percent of global carbon emissions before the pandemic, but U.S. cars and trucks account for 20 percent of the global emission reductions during the pandemic.

November 19, 2020 - Carbon Tax Center


How Has COVID-19 Impacted Planners?

The pandemic has affected all of us in big and small ways. A park planner shares how his professional and personal lives have changed as a result of the coronavirus.

October 5, 2020 - Parks & Rec Business


Carnage on the Roads During the Pandemic

The National Highway Safety Administration released traffic safety data finding a huge spike in fatalities since the outset of the pandemic, but didn't mention the role of street design in traffic fatalities.

October 5, 2020 - Streetsblog USA

Highway Sign in North Carolina

Americans Aren't Likely to Start Driving at Pre-Pandemic Levels Soon

Vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and gasoline production trends point to VMT in the United States staying ten to 12 percent lower than in 2019 for the next few months, at least.

September 28, 2020 - Eno Center for Transportation

William Penn

Using Artificial Intelligence to Map Telecommuting Prevalence

In the Philadelphia region, residents of wealthier neighborhoods will be more likely to work from home in the future, thus altering travel patterns and transit usage, according to a new mapping project powered by artificial intelligence (AI).

September 9, 2020 - Smart Cities Dive

Pacific Ocean Beaches

Imagine Honolulu Without its Beaches

Beaches and parks on Oahu are closed to the public once again as the city attempts to control the spread of COVID-19.

August 11, 2020 - The Honolulu Star Advertiser

Coronavirus and Transportation

Ride-Hailing Companies Have Yet to Recover

While public transit tends to make the most headlines for coronavirus-damaged ridership numbers, ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft aren't exactly raking in new customers.

August 11, 2020 - The Washington Post


Report: Vehicle Miles Traveled Almost Fully Returned to Pre-Pandemic Levels

Reports last week that the U.S. economy is about 30 percent smaller than before the pandemic aren't reflected in driving trends.

August 3, 2020 - Smart Cities Dive

Houston Texas

Connecting Traffic, Air Quality, and Coronavirus Spread

Early in the pandemic, bike sales soared and vehicle miles traveled plummeted. As people have been driving more, more people have also been infected with the novel coronavirus.

July 31, 2020 - Rice Kinder Institute for Urban Research

Evacuated Highway 401

How COVID-19 Impacted U.S. Traffic Trends

Vehicle miles traveled, collisions, and collision-related injuries have been impacted by shelter-in-place orders nationwide. The level of impact, however, largely varies by region.

June 7, 2020 - Transport Topics

East Rutherford, New Jersey

Report Examines the Processes and Effects of Reopening

A large-scale experiment is underway.

June 4, 2020 - Brookings

Social Distancing

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduced 17% Worldwide in April, Study Says

A recently published study predicts a 4 to 7 percent decline in greenhouse gas emissions for 2020 compared to 2019.

May 20, 2020 - The Washington Post

New York City Homelessness

Late Action, Local Opposition Frustrate Emergency Homeless Shelter Plans

Some progress, but not nearly enough, has been reported as California and its cities scramble to procure temporary shelters to house homeless people during the pandemic.

April 23, 2020 - James Brasuell

Washington, D.C. Coronavirus

The Geography of Occupations: Some Neighborhoods Will Suffer More Than Others Under COVID-19

Census Bureau data shows we live near people with similar occupations, and right now frontline jobs are riskier for both health and economic well-being than working from home.

April 10, 2020 - Jonathan Stiles

Public Transit Ridership

40 Million Californians Ordered to Stay At Home to Contain Coronavirus

The largest state in the country has been ordered to shelter in place.

March 20, 2020 - California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

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