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Mobility Trends before and after the Pandemic Outbreak: Analyzing the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona through the Lens of Equality and Sustainability

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Independent Consultant, 76185 Karlsruhe, Germany
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Department of Statistics and Operations Research, Campus Nord, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), 08034 Barcelona, Spain
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Academic Editor: Luigi Dell’Olio
Sustainability 2021, 13(14), 7908; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13147908
Received: 31 May 2021 / Revised: 30 June 2021 / Accepted: 7 July 2021 / Published: 15 July 2021
The spatial arrangement of a metropolis is of utmost importance to carry out daily activities, which are constrained by space and time. Accessibility is not only shaped by the spatial and temporal dimension, but it is also defined by individual characteristics, such as gender, impairments, or socioeconomic characteristics of the citizens living or commuting in this area. This study analyzes mobility trends and patterns in the metropolitan area of Barcelona before and after the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, with special emphasis on gender and equality. The study draws on multiple sources of information; however, two main datasets are analyzed: two traditional travel surveys from the transport metropolitan area of Barcelona and two coming from smartphone data. The results show that gender plays a relevant role when analyzing mobility patterns, as already highlighted in other studies, but, after the pandemic outbreak, some population groups were more likely to change their mobility patterns, for example, highly educated population groups and those with higher income. This study also highlights that e-activities may shape new mobility patterns and living conditions for some population segments, but some activities cannot be replaced by IT technologies. For all these reasons, city and transport planning should foster sustainable development policies, which will provide the maximum benefit for society. View Full-Text
Keywords: mobility patterns; gender; equality; COVID-19 pandemic; big data; surveys mobility patterns; gender; equality; COVID-19 pandemic; big data; surveys
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Mejía-Dorantes, L.; Montero, L.; Barceló, J. Mobility Trends before and after the Pandemic Outbreak: Analyzing the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona through the Lens of Equality and Sustainability. Sustainability 2021, 13, 7908. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13147908

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Mejía-Dorantes L, Montero L, Barceló J. Mobility Trends before and after the Pandemic Outbreak: Analyzing the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona through the Lens of Equality and Sustainability. Sustainability. 2021; 13(14):7908. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13147908

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Mejía-Dorantes, Lucía, Lídia Montero, and Jaume Barceló. 2021. "Mobility Trends before and after the Pandemic Outbreak: Analyzing the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona through the Lens of Equality and Sustainability" Sustainability 13, no. 14: 7908. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13147908

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