Enrique Peñalosa, currently a visiting scholar at New York University, may be the person who has built and inspired the creation of more child-friendly streets than anyone else in the world. As the Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia from 1997 – 2000, he built over 300 kilometers of bike paths and instituted frequent citywide Car Free Days and Bicycle Sundays. In new subdivisions, he mandated and began building a network of pedestrian and bicycle only streets. As a result, bicycling is up 900%, mostly among the younger set. Elements of Bogotá’s success are now being replicated to various degrees in cities throughout Latin America, Africa and Asia, with Bogotá-inspired bicycle networks, Car Free Days and pedestrian promenades now in the works in such cities as Cape Town, South Africa; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Mexico City and many others.
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