The Greening of Bogota


| July/August 2001


Activists looking for bold ideas on improving urban livability might look south to Bogotá for inspiration. Under Mayor Enrique Penalosa, who just left office under a term limit law, the Colombian capital undertook a massive campaign of building bikeways, improving bus service, and limiting automobile use. These are the first steps toward a planned 2015 ban of all private autos during rush hour—a controversial policy that is certain to be challenged. Yet the mayor’s successor, Antanas Mockus, was elected on promises of continuing the transportation policies.

Sources:Carbusters, Sustainable Transport, Green Futures

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