[act-ma] 2/7 Peñalosa from Bogotá at Bikes Not Bombs

Bikes Not Bombs mail at bikesnotbombs.org
Fri Jan 30 16:39:03 PST 2009


Hello ACT-MAers,

Here's an event coming up at Bikes Not Bombs with the former mayor of  
Bogotá, Colombia.  We'd love to see you here, and please spread the  
word!

-Arik Grier
Outreach Coordinator, Office Manager
Bikes Not Bombs
617-522-0222


Enrique Peñalosa Speaks on Economic Justice and Urban Transportation
Saturday February 7th
3:30 - 5:00
At Bikes Not Bombs, 284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain, MA
Full info at http://www.bikesnotbombs.org/node/444

Did you ever wonder how the urban space could be redesigned to be  
equitable and accessible for all people, whether walking, biking,  
using public transportation, or driving?  Come see an inspiring  
presentation by Enrique Peñalosa, an internationally reknowned  
speaker who transformed Bogotá, Colombia into a model of  
transportation justice during his term as mayor.

Livable Streets and the Institute for Transportation and Development  
Policy (ITDP) are bringing Peñalosa (an avid biker!) to Boston for  
four days of activities.  Bikes Not Bombs is proud to host his  
presentation on transforming cities into more equitable and happier  
places to live. You are invited to come hear the talk and ask  
questions afterwards!  This event is free and open to the public.   
RSVP is encouraged but not required.  (To RSVP, drop a line to  
mail_at_bikesnotbombs.org). Make sure you see Peñalosa, either here  
or at other venues!

also see Peñalosa at the Boston Public Library
Thursday February 5th, 6:30pm
Full info at http://livablestreets.info

Enrique Peñalosa completed his three-year term as Mayor of Bogotá,  
Colombia on December 31, 2000. While mayor, he promoted a city model  
giving priority to children and public spaces and restricting private  
car use, building hundreds of kilometers of sidewalks, bicycle paths,  
pedestrian streets, greenways, and parks. After organizing a Car-Free  
Day in 2000, he was awarded the Stockholm Challenge Award and  
rewarded by a referendum vote endorsing an annual car-free day.   
Peñalosa also led efforts to improve Bogotá's marginal neighborhoods  
through citizen involvement; planted more than 100,000 trees; created  
a new, highly successful bus-based transit system; and turned a  
deteriorated downtown avenue into a dynamic pedestrian public space.  
He helped transform the city's attitude from one of negative  
hopelessness to one of pride and hope, developing a model for urban  
improvement based on the equal rights of all people to  
transportation, education, and public spaces.

Watch StreetFilms of Enrique Peñalosa and Bogotá: at http:// 
www.streetfilms.org/archives/ciclovia/
with more films linked from there!
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