The whole of Italy has been on lockdown since the 9th of March, due to the current Coronavirus pandemic. At first we did not actually realise the importance of what the government was asking of us: stay at home, they said.
The Dutch know this very well: soft mobility is the smartest choice inside and outside cities. No traffic congestions, no noisy and polluted cities, no parking problems. These are just some of the many benefits of urban cycling. On the contrary, in some European cities, traffic is still a huge problem, with high levels of air pollution and, of no less importance, noise pollution. In some of these cities people feel the need to own a car, or more cars, because there are no alternatives. But cities full of cars are something we inherited from the past century and the environmental crisis we are going through suggests we should change this habit.
In May this year we will be asked to vote for the European elections.
‘No to the European Union.’ Ok, but what then? A nationalist renaissance? Political isolation and marginalisation? Stirring up hatred and closing borders? Anti-European movements are growing, not only in Great Britain, where Brexit taught us that everything is possible. This shows us that EU-scepticism represents a real threat to the basic values of our European coexistence.