The world is witnessing an event like never before. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought life to a standstill as mankind locked themselves under their roof to survive the battle against the invisible virus. Myriad ways have been employed to control the spread; the major measures being lockdowns, masks, and social distancing. As economies begin to revive ensuring precautions are taken is very important to not witness another wave of the pandemic.
With strong curfew enforced, sustaining restriction in movement coupled with the need to follow social distance, we see a new normal approaching. Amid this one question lingers in most minds: Is public transport safe during COVID-19?
The answer is quite obvious, it is safe unless an infected person is the co-passenger. Mass transit seems no good in this time where MASS is the actual threat. With protocols to maintain about six-feet of distance, public transport is seen as too risky.
Crowding is not the only cause of fear. One must be warned about the possibility of coming in contact with objects that might be exposed to the virus. The virus could survive on handles, seats, money, and railings for a while. Cleaning and disinfection are actively and cautiously practiced, however, a bus will not be disinfected when passengers are on.
Considering the fact that despite individual efforts to keep oneself safe, it does not suffice in handling the situation. Putting public health at the forefront, it is the societal effort that matters; every person is required to act responsibly. Adhering to the social distancing rules and wearing masks is the least that one can do.
Meanwhile, it is not possible to completely avoid public transportation because many Indians regard it as essential to commuting. And without transportation, the livelihood of almost the entire working population is threatened, except for those who can work from home. Trust in public transport must be rebuilt and reinforced. One action could be adopting a safety labeling system to remind people what is required of them.
A lot could be discussed on ensuring safety in public transport. However, restricting to individual response, we will explore the other possibilities in hand. The public needs to be aware of the steps to switch from public transit to Electric Bikes after lockdown. Because Electric Bikes which are here to stay, promise safer commuting while adhering to the rules of the time.
Ensuring social distance over great distance, e-bikes offer an effortless, cost-efficient, and healthy ride. With different levels of pedal assist, they are a great means to get outside the four walls, embrace the fresh breeze without wearing oneself out.