The Mayor of Bogota, Mobility and the Vote

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Enrique Penalosa is the Mayor of Bogota and brother to Canadian bicycle advocate Gil Penalosa. Enrique expounds publicly on his crisp views about active transportation and  transit. In this article from The Guardian, he minces no words:

“Mobility is a very peculiar challenge for a city – different from health or education – because it’s one problem that tends to get worse as societies get richer. But above all, we must understand that an advanced city is not one where poor residents use cars, but one where rich residents use public transport.

When we introduced bicycle paths in Bogotá nearly 20 years ago, when I was mayor here the first time, it was seen as a crazy idea. Back then, there were no bikeways in London, Paris, Madrid or New York. Now, of course, so many people are interested in this movement – particularly young people.


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