Enrique Peñalosa, former mayor of Bogotá, was responsible for introducing a number of in terms of transportation and public space innovations. In this short video he talks here about buses versus cars (really people v. cars) and the experience of Bogotá in giving clear preference to buses with their now world-famous Transmilenio (BRT) mass transit system. As mayor he also introduced a number of innovations including land-use, parks and public space projects as well as Bogotá’s Bike Paths Network. If you listen to his talk you will see the very large number of issues and themes which relates to the situation in Penang today. Let’s see what we can learn from Bogotá.
Enrique Peñalosa is today President of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), and internationally active as a consultant and speaker. (As a personal note I might add that he and I were jointly awarded the prestigious Stockholm Environment Prize for our collaboration in planning and executing Bogotá’s first Care Free Day, a carefully planned project which on 24 February 2000 kept something like 850,000 cars off the city streets for most of the day, to the great joy of the population (if less so for many would-be drivers of course). In the years since, the city continues to celebrate its annual good-spirited Car Free Day, every year on the first Thursday of February. Meaningful results require vision, strategy and strong leadership.
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Bio: Trained as a development economist in the doctoral program of the Graduate Faculty of Economics of Columbia University, Eric Britton is MD of EcoPlan International, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government, business and civil society on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, climate/energy strategies, social-technical change and sustainable development. His latest work focuses on the challenges of equity, economy and efficiency in city transport and public space, and helping governments to ask the right questions and find practical solutions to these issues. Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Development at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion, his forthcoming book, “CONTRADICTIONS: Toward a General Theory of Transport in Cities”, is being presented, discussed and critiqued in international conferences, master classes, peer reviews and media events over 2015. - - > More: http://wp.me/PsKUY-2p7