Friday, October 19, 2018

Making Bogotá a Walkable City?

Pedestrians walk down the Eje Ambiental in La Candelaria.
This week, Bogotá hosted a conference, called Walk 21, of city planning experts keen on creating more walkable cities. The hope is to make walkng safe and pleasant, and make public spaces areas where a great variety of people mix.
La Salle University students paint a pedestrian area on Calle 11 in La Candelaria.
 Truly promoting walking will mean reducing crime and harrasment of women, as well as making one of the alternatives - driving polluting vehicles - less convenient and more expensive. In other words, a London-style congesting charge, which Bogotá officials have repeatedly talked about, but never implemented.

The conference was held in the Jorge Eliecer Gaitán theatre on Carrera Septima.

However, Bogotá's chronic traffic jams, like this one in La Candelaria,
can make walking unpleasant and even dangerous.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours

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