The COVID-19 era has been a boon for bikes, with physical distancing easier to follow on two wheels than inside trains or buses. Concerned about the risk of crowded public transport during COVID-19, the city of Lima is strengthening its cycling infrastructure with almost 50 km of emergency cycle lanes and additional parking. The use of public awareness and safety campaigns have furthermore strengthened road use practices and promote cycling as a safe mode of transport with benefits to personal, population and environmental health. The results are clear: Peru’s national Ministry of Transport and Communication accelerated the approval of legislation which promotes and regulates the use of the bicycle as a sustainable mode of transport.
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