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, Eric Britton is a public entrepreneur specializing in the field of sustainability and social justice. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris), he is also MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets, his latest work focuses on the subject of equity, economy and efficiency in city transport and public space, and helping governments to ask the right questions and in the process, find practical solutions to urgent climate, mobility, life quality and job creation issues. Currently working on an open collaborative project, “BETTER CHOICES: Bringing Sustainable Transportation to Smaller Asian Cities” . More at: http://wp.me/PsKUY-2p7 * This article is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 licence.