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Keywords Cities, Sustainable community action, Latin American cities
Authors Phil Green
Published 2014
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Bogotá is the capital and largest city of Colombia. The city is located in the center of Colombia, on a high plateau known as the Bogotá savanna, part of the Altiplano Cundiboyacense located in the Eastern Cordillera of the Andes. Bogotá is the third-highest capital in South America and in the world after Quito and La Paz, at an average of 2,640 meters (8,660 ft) above sea level. Subdivided into 20 localities, Bogotá has an area of 1,587 square kilometers (613 square miles) and a relatively cool climate that is constant through the year. W

Open spaces[edit | edit source]

There are numerous parks in Bogotá, many with facilities for concerts, plays, movies, storytellers and other activities.

Cycling activism[edit | edit source]

Streetfilms-Lessons from Bogota
Authors: StreetfilmsVlog

Bike Paths Network[edit | edit source]

Bogotá is the Latin American city with the most extensive and comprehensive network of bike paths. Bogotá’s bike paths network or Ciclorrutas de Bogotá in Spanish, designed and built and is also one of the most extensive in the world.

The design of the network was made taking into consideration the morphology and topography of the city. This is, from north to south the city has a flat topography and from east to west the city has varying degrees of inclination.

A mesh concept was applied for the theoretical plan of the network because it presented greater versatility and adaptation given that the road network was designed as a grid plan with streets going from south to north and from east to west.The network was also integrated with the TransMilenio bus system which has bicycle parking facilities.

Ciclovía[edit | edit source]

The inspiration for Ciclovías is credited to Bogotá, Colombia, although the National Capital Commission in Canada's capital Ottawa already organised open streets for active transportation in 1970. The events have taken place since December 1974 when they started through the efforts of organizer Jaime Ortiz Mariño and others cyclist aficionados. However, it was until 1976 when Bogota's Mayor Luis Prieto Ocampo signed the 566 and 567 decrees that Ciclovia became an official program promoted by the City government and supported by the Transportation Department. In Bogotá, permanently designated bikeways are also known as ciclorrutas, while streets temporarily closed for that purpose are called ciclovías.

Each Sunday and public holiday from 7 am until 2 pm certain main streets of Bogotá, Cali, Medellín, and other municipalities are blocked off to cars allowing runners, skaters, and bicyclists to workout in a more comfortable environment. At the same time, stages are set up in city parks. Aerobics instructors, yoga teachers and musicians lead people through various performances. The great variety of traditional food and drinks offered in snack stalls motivates many locals and tourists to go around the Ciclovía. Bogotá's weekly ciclovías are used by approximately 2 million people (about 30% of the population) on over 120 km of car-free streets.

In 2007, a Colombian congressman, José Fernando Castro Caycedo, proposed a law banning Ciclovia, charging that it caused traffic jams. Ciclovia users protested the change, and received support from ex-mayors Peñalosa and Samuel Moreno, as well as several members of the city council and other congressmembers. The proposal was defeated.

Wikipedia: Ciclovía, Bogotá

Sustainable transport activism[edit | edit source]

Streetfilms-BRT Transmilenio
Authors: StreetfilmsVlog

The Transmilenio Bus Rapid Transit of Bogota, the capital city of Colombia, is regarded as a model of capacity, speed and cost efficiency.[1]

It is claimed to move 1.3 million Colombians a day, resulted in 7000 fewer buses and reduced bus fuel consumption by 50 percent. It more than halved travel times for many commuters.

It was championed by Enrique Peñalosa who was the mayor of Bogota at the time. He scrapped plans to build a network of highways in the city and created the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) for a fraction of the cost.

Pico y placa Literally 'Peak and Plate' (Spanish for peak [hour] and [license] plate") is a driving restriction policy aimed to mitigate traffic congestion. The scheme was initially set in place in Bogotá, Colombia, in 1998, by then mayor Enrique Peñalosa to help regulate traffic during rush hours. The system restricts traffic access into a pre-established urban area for vehicles with license plate numbers ending in certain digits on pre-established days and during certain hours. Initially the system restricted traffic between 6 and 9 am, and between 5 and 8 pm, Monday through Friday.

The scheme restricts both private and public use vehicles based on the last digit of the licence plate numbers. Four numbers are restricted every day for private use vehicles, and two for public transportation vehicles. The restricted digits associated to each day rotate every year. Schemes with the same name have been implemented in other Colombian cities, such as Medellín and Cúcuta; and also in Quito, Ecuador's capital city.

News and comment[edit | edit source]


Bogotá expands bike lanes to curb coronavirus spread, Mar 20 [2]


Improving life in Bogota by empowering citizens to cycle, September 23 [3]


Bogotá: engineers improved upon the iconic bus rapid transit (BRT) system of Curitiba, Brazil, to create the TransMilenio, which has helped decrease air pollution, increase quality of life, and inspire similar projects in Europe, North America, and Asia.[4] January 10


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References[edit | edit source]

  1. The mayor who put his city on the map with buses, University of Sydney News, 8 March 2011.
  4. Worldwatch Institute, Cities Key to Tackling Poverty, Climate Change