Apur'Café #5: Mobility reconsidered with COVID-19

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The health crisis we have been going through since March has profoundly put into question our way of life, our housing and how we travel. New mobility practices and sometimes non-mobility… have been used which could change the transport situation in Grand Paris on a long term basis. 

This is why, we propose a Web Café based on 2 notes, published this summer:

For two months, although health workers and a certain number of “essential workers” continued to go to work, a great number of people resorted to working from home when their job allowed them to do so. Apur therefore wants to evaluate better the impact that distance working could have on mobility in the Grand Paris Metropolis. Three scenarios of distance working “in the future” have been studied, mainly targeting managerial staff, who are particularly concerned by distance working and account for over a third of daily commuting to and from work in the metropolis. From the minimum to the most ambitious scenario, with 10 to 20% of the working population (artisans excluded) working regularly from home - that is 20 to 40% of managerial staff -, this would mean that between 5% to 11% of all home-work journeys could be avoided in Grand Paris, that is 1.11 to 2.27 million journeys per week. The impact of regular distance working could thus have a significant impact on decongesting public transport networks and motorways and the Periphérique ring-road, as well as peak clipping rush hour, and thus enable more comfortable travelling conditions in the metropolis while at the same time facilitating the mobility of “essential workers” and logistics transport.

Public space has also been adapted to respond to physical distancing regulations, thanks to temporary initiatives. These initiatives were directly inspired by tactical urbanism : cycle paths, pedestrian streets, widening of walkways, cafe and restaurant terraces on parking spaces … Altogether, almost 210 km of temporary cycle paths will have seen the light of day in Grand Paris.

These initiatives could, as from now, have a lasting effect and sustainably change mobility habits in favour of active modes of transport, with over 70% of journeys made within the metropolis (all motives included) being under 3 km and 45% of inhabitants’ home-work journeys being under 5 km, in other words a 15 to 20 minute bike ride. 

Notes and presentation by :

  • Patricia Pelloux, Deputy Managing Director - Urban Engineer
  • Florence Hanappe, Project manager - Architectural engineer

These documents were also carried out by: 

  • Vincent Nouailhat, Environmental Development Engineer
  • Christine Delahaye, GIS Expert Cartographer
  • Clément Mariotte, Project Manager, Urbanist
  • Morad Khaloua, GIS Expert
  • Sandra Roger, Project Manager /Statistician
  • Yann-Fanch Vauléon, Landscape Architect


Documents to download

  • Webinar

    Presentation of the webconférence #5 - Mobility reconsidered with COVID-19

    Format : pdf, 94.83 MB
  • Note

    Walking and cycling receive public acclaim during health crisis

    Format : pdf, 12.48 MB
  • Note

    Telework and mobility in Greater Paris - Grand Paris - What will the future impact be on transport networks?

    Format : pdf, 19.1 MB
  • Provisional program of web conferences

    Format : pdf, 201.13 KB