Enrique Penalosa is a former mayor of Bogota in Columbia
The few points captured here make compelling arguments for local government attention to the public realm
- Its not about a transport system, its not about engineering, its about people and politics.
- Its about what kind of city do we want? How do we want to live?
- What makes a good city? A city that is good for the vulnerable old, young and disadvantaged. Convergence of environmental and social sustainability.
- Transport is a means to an end whereas pedestrianisation can be an end in itself.
- In the public realm, we meet as equals it is democractic. The public realm is about social justice
- People will never remember a road, but they will never forget a good pedestrian space.
- Transport is one problem that gets worse with affluence
- Traffic congestion is not bad because it means you are ripe for public transport.
- Density shopping living work
- Make pedestrian spaces the top issue: perhaps do density neighbourhood by neighbourhood.
- (Any fuel is going to get more expensive.)