The legacy of the pandemic

Having to face the sudden global health emergency has forced everyone to adopt, albeit temporarily, new lifestyles and ways of managing each activity.

Published also in: Tsport 333
Milan, new cycle path in Corso Buenos Aires (Ph. BG/sport&impianti).

Some of these changes, due to the pandemic, will necessarily be limited to the strict management of the emergency and post-emergency and will disappear, as already seen at the first signs of loosening of restrictions.

But the sudden leap forward that had to be made in designing new ways of living has perhaps removed a certain laziness that we have in abandoning old habits: and some of the things that had to be done for reasons of urgency may be suggestions for the normality of tomorrow.

An example of this is the theme of urban mobility. Space for bicycles and eco-sustainable transport has long been in urban development plans, but a concrete acceleration is being seen in recent weeks, when projects that would perhaps have waited years for fear of interfering with everyday traffic have been put into effect quickly. This is the case with “Strade Aperte” in Milan, but news of work on new cycle paths is coming from different parts of Italy.  Of course, the emergency phase with reduced city traffic and closed schools is one thing, it is a different thing to see how the city reacts to the (hopefully) return to normality in the autumn.

Milan, Iseo swimming center (Ph. BG/sport&impianti).
Milan, Iseo swimming center (Ph. BG/sport&impianti).

Another sector is the management of sports facilities. The rules of hygiene and the obligatory distance between people have required, in order to reopen, a reorganization of spaces and ways of working. Not everything can be maintained, but a part of the new attention can become part of a new way of seeing the sports facility, starting from its design, up to the management and use by the athletes.

In the latest issue of Tsport some experts talk about it, starting with the world of swimming pools. With the hope that the times of drama will translate into an opportunity for the future.