Cycling rates have soared all around the world in recent months as the coronavirus pandemic has forced urban residents to rethink their traditional commutes. Evidence of an uptick in cycling can be found at the retail level, where everyone from mom-and-pops to big-box stores is struggling to keep products in stock.
The COVID-19 cycling surge has been met by unprecedented supportiveness from city officials. Metros from New York to London have spent the last six months encouraging the shift toward two-wheeled mobility by rapidly closing streets to traffic and building protected bike lanes.
To keep track of all these local interventions on a global level, we are launching a new crowdsourcing project for urban planners to share data about their cities’ new cycling infrastructure. Through the power of the community, we hope to make local bike lane data widely available in a central repository that is regularly updated and maintained.
Moreover, we want to understand what factors make a city more likely to expand its cycling infrastructure during the pandemic. To that end, we are also asking for data about pre-COVID transit share, COVID cases, and more.
If you’re a city official and would like to share your city’s efforts, please consider submitting the Airtable form linked below.