Bike-friendly cities: if Bogota did it ...

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"If he did Bogota, then all cities in the world can do it ”. What? Build one city ​​for everyone, even for those who do not like to drive a car and move above all to walking or cycling. In the statement of Gil Penalosa, former councilor for the Bogota municipality in Colombia and currently executive director of the Canadian organization "8-80 cities", There is the awareness that the mobility on a human scale it is possible, even where the starting point is an apparently chaotic situation.

While it is true that Denmark and the Netherlands are given as examples of European bicycle paradises, it is equally so that in these territories the surrounding situation - urban and cultural - is different and more favorable than in more Latin realities, as are many areas of Italy. The streets of Rome are not those of Copenhagen and the streets of Palermo do not resemble those of Amsterdam. And also the mobility culture - no offense to anyone - it's different.

If you ask the Danes why they ride bicycles, only 1% will answer you for ecological reasons: over 60% will answer you because it is easy, fast and convenient. The bicycle is a democratic means of transport because it allows everyone to move. Investments in the cycling mobility determine the best cost-benefit ratio.

It is therefore useful to look at examples closer to our situation, such as Colombia. “When I was councilor for the municipality of Bogota, 5 were built metropolitan parks, 50 urban parks and 250 gardens, ”said Penalosa in his recent speech Velo-City 2012 Conference in Vancouver. “In three years, 280 km of protected cycle paths have been built which have brought cycling from 0.4% to 5% with an investment of 90 million dollars, an expense never before made in this field in Latin America. If Bogota did it ... ".

Mandred Neun, president of European Cultural Foundation ECF, made clear the objectives of the Vancouver conference: "Today more than ever we need above all to frame the policies for cycling within the great global issues such as the fight against climate change, the energy crisis, public health, the world economy, the individual right to mobility. The Velo-City conference aims to bring cycling mobility to the attention of world institutions. For this, we ask everyone to sign the Vancouver Charter dedicated entirely to children. And we ask the United Nations and other international institutions to recognize the universal right of children to move safely by bicycle without any danger ".

Edited byMichele Ciceri

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