Enrique Peñalosa: Creating a city friendly to people

The essence of the conflict today really is cars and people. That is the essence of the whole discussion. We can have a city that is very friendly to cars or a city that is very friendly to people. We cannot have both.
So begins this interview with Enrique Peñalosa, former mayor Bogota, Columbia--a city that Peñalosa and his allies transformed, in just a few years, into a city far less dependent on single auto travel. Walking, bicycling, and transit were emphasized and single-auto vehicle transportation de-emphasized.
When we started, bicycling was almost insignificant. Zero or 0.2% of the people in Bogota used to bicycle. And now, nearly 5% of the people only after six years or so. We get almost 400,000 people bicycling every day.
In the interview, Peñalosa talks about how he did it and why:


Join MoBikeFed's Advocacy Network

MoBikeFed is a statewide group of people like you, working together for better bicycling, walking, and trails in Missouri. When you join our advocacy network you receive occasional important advocacy alerts and bicycle, pedestrian, and trails news from around Missouri.

Working together we make a real difference! Join our advocacy network:

Want better bicycling and walking in Missouri?
We rely on the support of members like you.  Please join, renew, or donate today.