Can you reach the ideal mobility ? Reflection after day without car

Bet on the bike, reorganize the city and improve the asphalt roads, ideas to Bogota move better. Others are not so optimistic.

Each Car Free Day, when it is required the maximum mass transit in the city, are evident weaknesses. Yesterday, the day was just beginning when, at 6:30 am a group of users blocked the passage of articulated by the National Museum station. They were tired of waiting for it to pass the M86 route.

A pair of similar cases occurred throughout the day. There were also stranded buses, even the mayor Enrique Penalosa was traveling with cameras and press on board, stopped working halfway there. It was also the record of the crowded buses and testimonials from users who live in areas where the feeders do not arrive and had to wake up early than usual to walk to a station.

Users satisfied with the day also abound. Those who came faster to their work and their homes, or had the full way to cross them on their bikes. Given this scenario, and when the Car Free Day turns 16, the question arises: What is this new day?

At least, creates an environment for citizens to question the mobility of Bogotá. El Espectador collected the reflections of a group of experts and citizens on the roads to be taken by the city to achieve efficient mobility.

As in any debate, there pessimistic views who believe that capital has no solution. For example, Paul Bromberg, former mayor of Bogota, the Car Free Day shows that this is a frivolous society, which receives awards for something that no city would be made and that causes a downturn in the economy, adds that, in its ideal mobility, the capital should be another. Not this one, which is very dense and large.

There are others who are critical, but less pessimistic, as Joseph Stalin Rojas, director of the Observatory of Logistics and Mobility of the National University. Although he says that the car-free day is a worn and bet more as a day with shared cart, he believes that strengthening the public transport system can improve mobility. We must speed up the construction of trunk, he says

He is pointing in the same direction Eduardo Behrentz, dean of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of the Andes, who also considered vital to improve transport infrastructure. Having a better network Transmilenio, better bridges and even better asphalt pathways influence the speed of movement.

These improvements, he says, should discourage the use of private cars and especially motorcycles, which he considers the great tragedy of Colombian cities, polluting, dangerous, noisy and exclusive. A flexible and extensive network, which reaches the citizen who yesterday had to walk more than necessary.

Carlos Pardo, director of the Foundation Slow down, beyond the transport network, the way to Bogotá to move efficiently through the change in the policies of urban development and land use. The trips have to be shorter and less frequent for them in other alternative means of transport. For this, mass transit riders would have to be connected to centers of activity, defined and distributed.

That not all have to go to the center to work, says Pardo, who dreams of a city better connected, for pedestrians and bicycle users, with short and friendly Walker blocks.

In this idea lies another big bet from the experts: the use of media, more efficient and cleaner alternative transportation, which says Beherentz, Bogotá has ideal qualities. Overall, it is a flat, compact city.

It also has 440 km of bike paths, more than anywhere else in Latin America. This idea also cove citizens as Mary Pereira, who said the ideal is the cicla although no more parking and provide safety to the rider, he says.

But the former mayor Bromberg has no qualms with the bicycle as a bid to improve mobility. In Bogota bikes have lots of obstacles and risks. They serve a small portion of people, such as young people and those who do not have to transport their children.

Despite the controversy generated by the issue of mobility, it is clear that the Car Free Day puts the public to think about the way travels between home and work. In the end, the conclusion is leaving experts to improve mobility is a major challenge that requires urgent action. The ideas are on the table.

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