The coronavirus is turning everything upside down. In the second half of March it was quiet on the roads in the Schiphol region. No traffic jams and the number of passengers in public transport decreased by more than 85% during the morning rush hour. We are forced to work from home, to shape our daily routines of working and living differently.
Some are able to continue working, are even under extra pressure, such as supplying supermarkets, hospitals or reshaping business operations. Many entrepreneurs in our region have just seen their turnover disappear for the next few months, their business comes to a standstill with a shock.
The question is how we want to and will be able to continue in the future, including with this programme, with which we are striving for a liveable and easily accessible region by means of behavioural change. Our work and travel behaviour has changed as a result of the current situation. We experience the pros and cons of working from home, but above all that it is possible. Our digital networks can handle it and there are excellent programmes available for on-line consultation, training courses and asking your colleague for feedback via a shared screen. We can use this experience to shape the way we work and live in a smarter way. Let’s hope that we will be able to make individual choices again on a voluntary basis in the coming period, while retaining the now felt collective responsibility for each other.
On behalf of all the partners of the Alliantie Groot Schiphol Bereikbaar I wish you strength in what you are dealing with, in your organisation or your private situation. Stay positive and continue to work together, together we will achieve more!
Jeanet van Antwerpen
Chairman of the Alliantie Groot Schiphol Bereikbaar