Friday, December 13, 2013


“I don’t think protected bicycle ways are a cute architectural feature. They are a right, just as sidewalks are,” says Enrique Peñalosa, the former mayor of Bogota, Colombia, in today’s talk. “Protected bikeways also are a powerful symbol of democracy, because they show that a citizen on a $100 bicycle is equally important to one in a $40,000 car.”

Enrique Peñalosa: Why buses represent democracy in action.

From 1998 to 2000, when Peñalosa was mayor, he got international attention for the bold moves he made in the area of transportation. Not only did he create lanes on roads exclusively for buses — since they carry many people as opposed to just a few — he also created 350 kilometers of protected bikeways, long before Paris, London and New York did the same.

Could have been the perfect transportation for the entire island of Oahu
at a fraction of the cost of a Rail Calamity. Minimum disruption of the
communities. For commuting, much more Rapid than any rail.

Existing cities need to rethink their reliance on cars, says Peñalosa, and cities which are being built must harness the opportunity to provide transportation for all their citizens. Watch his talk for his vision of cities of the future, where greenways crisscross in all directions forming “bicycle highways” and where streets are reserved “only for pedestrians and bicycles.”

Then, watch for more great talks that highlight the need for bikes. And whatever you do, forget about Rail Disasters. Those are for people that are going to make the Big Bucks. Sidewalks in Waianae? Ya outta your mind? Those people are not in the same class as Honolulu people.