RRC is Leading on Covid-19 Research
As the pandemic continues to disrupt our lives with no clear end in sight, RRC has become a national leader in research efforts to help communities understand and mitigate the impacts.
We are partnering with major ski resorts and communities nationwide in the ongoing Mountain Traveler Sentiment Survey (MTSS) to gauge the priorities of travelers and the best ways to meet their needs and create a safe and comfortable environment. More than 60,000 people have completed the survey and their ongoing feedback has been invaluable in planning for the upcoming winter travel season.
We have also partnered with the International Downtown Association (IDA) on the Urban Sentiment Survey to help cities and downtown leaders understand the concerns and priorities of their residents. More than 5,000 people in cities across the U.S. have responded and the results have driven both public and business policies in response to Covid-19.
In addition, RRC is working directly with communities nationwide to uncover the concerns, priorities and plans of their residents and visitors. Data is always important. But, in the age of Covid-19, timely data is more critical than ever to drive informed decisions for both public and private sector leaders.
Google Mobility Data Related to Covid-19
Google is releasing data on mobility in an effort to fight Covid-19. From Google: “These Community Mobility Reports aim to provide insights into what has changed in response to policies aimed at combating Covid-19. The reports chart movement trends over time by geography, across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.” More information on the data is available here: https://www.google.com/covid19/mobility/
The data is available nationwide at the county and state levels. There are stock reports available from Google, but we downloaded the data and created the image below, which compares Boulder County to El Paso County. Some brief takeaways:
Boulder County to El Paso County:
- Relative to their respective baselines (established Jan. 3 – Feb. 6, 2020), residents of Boulder County have spent more time at home (the “Residential” row in the figure) than residents of El Paso County. Boulder residents have also spent relatively less time at workplaces, transit stations, retail and recreation, and grocery stores and pharmacies. The data indicates that Boulder residents have been better at quarantining than El Paso County residents.
- Residents of both counties have spent considerably more time at parks, although this is almost certainly due to the fact that the mobility baseline was established in winter.
- The political orientation of the two counties is likely influencing the mobility results for the two counties. Boulder County, which voted 70% for Clinton, the Democrat, in 2016 was much more likely to be quarantining and taking fewer trips than El Paso County, which voted 56% for Trump.