A year after the world woke up startled by a global pandemic, the progress of vaccination campaigns is beginning to show faint signs of optimism. However, preventive measures such as social distancing and avoiding crowds will remain essential for a long time to come. And that also affects urban mobility .
There are many areas of life that have been disrupted throughout these months. The way of working, studying, relating, studying, communicating and even having fun has changed. And, without a doubt, the pandemic has had a significant impact on our travel habits.
Social and environmental changes are profoundly removing the foundations of everyday life and transforming urban mobility. Many companies were forced to resort to teleworking as an emergency solution to maintain their activity and, a year later, this has become a real and viable option in the long term for many of them.
However, while it is true that this home-office model has spread, many companies and businesses will continue to need their employees to go to their jobs and many others will want to do so even if it is not essential.
According to the latest data from the study A year of teleworking, prepared by the consulting firm CBRE, when normality returns,80% of workers want the office to be their main workplace at least three days a week.
With the advance of vaccination, a return to semi-normality is beginning to be seen as a viable possibility: return to work and face-to-face classes, reactivation of the leisure, social and cultural agenda … And that includes many more trips abroad and within cities. However, the studies carried out to date leave a clear fact: the fear of contagion in closed spaces has made people prefer to avoid public transport.
Safe alternatives for urban mobility
After the state of alarm that paralyzed the country, the use of individual means of transport became one of the main recommendations of the health authorities to avoid crowds typical of public transport and maintain greater social distancing to reduce the risk of new infections.
This situation, forced at the peak of the pandemic, has marked the beginning of a trend that seems to have come to stay. Public transport is no longer the preferred option for citizens. Data published by the National Statistics Institute (INE) reveal a 46.7% decrease in the number of travelers who used it in 2020. The figure represents 2.3 billion fewer trips.
The single urban mobility is not just a trend, it is a necessity for many users that, to date, had not considered changing the way they move beyond public transport. In the last edition of the European Mobility Week, the Nextdoor app presented a survey carried out among residents of large Spanish cities registered on its platform.
The result reflected that almost half of the respondents had changed their daily mobility routines due to the pandemic. In cities such as Madrid and Barcelona, 54.7% and 53.8% respectively, of those surveyed claim to have changed their habits when moving from one place to another, usingindividual means of transport, whether by car, motorcycle, bike or simply walking instead of public transport.
Yamaha, urban motorcycles with which everything is advantages
Other studies show the same conclusions and there is a coincidence in the concerns that have led urbanites to choose private transport: maintaining a safe distance, avoiding crowded wagons and buses, and contact with surfaces that may be sources of infection.
People are afraid and seek urban mobility alternatives to combat it. But beyond the risk of contagion, there are also other factors that are taken into account when choosing: avoiding traffic jams and reducing travel time . And that’s where motorcycles and scooters play their best tricks.
In this new scenario, private transport is presented as a necessity for millions of people . But displacement in urban areas runs into a number of problems. Facilitating and managing mobility in large population centers becomes a challenge: in addition to traffic jams, parking difficulties and pollution, there is the need to combine urban and interurban travel.
The motorcycle or scooter are the alternative compared to other options such as bicycles or scooters, give answer to all the needs of individual transport , an affordable option, safe, fast and convenient and sufficient autonomy for both urban commuting and intercity .
And, among all its advantages, we must not forget the economic factor: buying a vehicle with two or three wheels requires a lower initial investment and a lower cost of maintenance and fuel consumption than other vehicles.
Now that it is time to rethink the way we move around the city, we must be clear: motorcycles make getting around in the simplest and most efficient way in terms of time and costs. And, among all the possibilities, for attractiveness, for design, for price and performance, these three Yamaha models stand out, motorcycles designed for urban life.
YAMAHA D’ELIGHT 125
With a cool, unisex look, the new D’elight is fun and easy to ride. This attractive new urban traveler is one of the smartest, fastest and cheapest solutions for personal mobility in and around the city.