The world has been put at a standstill for most of the year 2020, and places that used to have problems with overcrowding, traffic congestion, and overall nonstop activity have seen some quiet. It can be very refreshing for some, but this newfound peace in concrete jungles has made many of us realize just how busy we are and the many hours we’ve been spending in transit. We realize how much time we could save if the commute weren’t so terrible. But now that we are slowly returning to the hustle and bustle, we find ourselves dreading the morning and evening rush we have to face with everyone else.
Many of us have had the privilege of working from home, but some still travel to work every day. With many limitations in public transportation and the fact that we all need to practice physical distancing, those who used to take mass transit had to think of other ways to get around. Of course, getting a car would be the best option, but some situations really cannot allow some people the ability to own one. This is especially true in cities where parking, gas, and tax can drain one’s bank account.
Bicycles are on the Rise
Within months of lockdown in the US last year, bike sales rose as more people opted for bicycles to go for exercise and quick transport. They use it to go to a corner store, the nearest pharmacy or grocery, or even use it to work. People see it as a safe alternative to public transportation; not only does it guarantee a “barrier” that allows for proper social distancing while traveling, but it also provides a good opportunity for exercise. Besides, it’s easier on the pocket, too.
It is worth noting that while more and more people are riding bikes, regulations and traffic schemes to protect bikers should be more stringent. A more accessible bike lane from neighborhoods all the way to the city center and business district would be a good start. Bicycle drivers are also drivers, and therefore should still follow traffic rules. Many Scandinavian countries have started expanding traffic rules and lanes to accommodate bicycles, and many have welcomed such initiatives.
Aside from bicycles, new forms of micro-mobility have increased in popularity throughout the pandemic. On top of the list would be mopeds, which have been steadily rising in popularity even before 2020. And of course, who hasn’t seen that viral video of the guy who rode his skateboard to work after his truck broke down? Whether or not you have a truck, there is no denying that using a skateboard to go around is not only fun but useful as well.
But before buying a moped, remember to check your state’s requirements and whether or not you would have to get a license to drive one. Also, remember to be safe when driving because, after all, these are small vehicles that might pose a risk when driven recklessly or indifferently alongside bigger vehicles. Mopeds are better if you plan to use them in shorter distances, away from highways.
Walking is Still the Best
One more option that has never really gone away is walking. Particularly for those living close to central business districts and those who live near their workplace, walking is the most efficient way to get to where you need to be. Many people choose to be in control when practicing physical distancing, and walking allows them to control their distance from anything.
If you plan on just walking to get to places around the city, you must keep in mind to always be vigilant and always use pedestrian walkways and crossings. Though people are always taught to be responsible drivers, there isn’t escaping those instances where someone would be driving while texting or worse, under the influence. Getting yourself a lawyer for pedestrian accidents should be a priority in this case. Also, consider the time and place when walking because no matter how familiar the area may seem, all kinds of people and circumstances may happen, so think about your safety first.
The Pandemic Changed Our Daily Commute
The pandemic is reshaping how people view transportation and traveling, and whichever way you choose to get from point A to B, safety is a number one concern. Safety not only in terms of avoiding injuries but also in terms of your and others’ health. We all need to be responsible and start to think not only of our convenience, but we also need to keep in mind our collective community effort to stop the spread of the virus and other diseases.