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Three ingredients for the future of urban transportation

By Shoshanna Saxe      

Projects aimed at providing infrastructure for a post-COVID world don't necessarily need to be expensive and time consuming. Just look at how easy it is to build a bike lane.

A cyclist, pictured on July 30, 2020, riding along the Ottawa River. COVID has proven what is possible. Cities of all sizes in Canada, from Moncton, to Calgary, to Victoria, invested in cycling infrastructure in 2020. Toronto and Brussels built 40 km of bike lanes in one summer. Paris built 50 km. The European Cycling Federation reports 1,111 km of cycle lanes built between April and December 2020. 

When I was 20 my then boyfriend found me in tears over high-speed rail infrastructure. I had realized with desperation that I was likely already too old to ride high-speed rail in Canada before retirement. Being too old for things you want is rough when you’re 20. 

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