It was Eric Doherty that started it all in this article by Jennifer Saltman in the Province. In the summer more than 250 government leaders who are affiliated with the Climate Caucus sent an open letter stating that Covid related economic recovery monies should not be used for expanding highways and airports but fr supporting transit service, walking and biking.
In Canada after oil and gas industries it is transportation that is the largest source of greenhouse gas emsisons. In British Columbia transportation produces 37 percent of emissions. Mr. Doherty representing the Better Transit Alliance in Victoria sees Covid recovery as an opportunity to reinforce transit which is suffering with lower ridership in this phase of the pandemic.
There are a few changes already evident from the pandemic. The first is that there is a clear adaptation to working at home. Mario Canseco’s work shows that 73 percent of Canadians expect to continue some kind of work at home, while 63 percent think that business travel and meetings are gone,with internet applications like Zoom replacing those trips.
The second change is that there has been an increase in physical activity as one of Mr. Canseco’s latest polls with Research.co indicates. Two-thirds of people in this province say they are walking more despite living at home, and 26 percent of all people are running or jogging more.
But if more people are working from home, and as in the case of London
England only 25 percent of workers have come back to work in the downtown because of Covid concerns, what shifts can be made?