How to Get Started - Ten rules that have
increased cycling in Bogotá and other cities
By Carlos Felipe Pardo, Bogotá, Colombia (Mesa de la Bicicleta)
Extracts from article
Getting started in moving forward a bicycle-related policy in a city is a difficult but
fulfilling challenge – it implies a lot of work and takes considerable time. I will describe my
experience in taking part in various activities and groups that promote bicycle policies
in Bogotá and other cities where I have worked. .....
This article relates to very specific issues that will kickstart discussions
and get the agenda moving....
The experience of Bogotá is particularly useful in that, despite having various advocacy
and technical groups promoting bicycle policies, there have been no strong arguments
between them nor any significant conflicts or false leadership – the same cannot be said
of other cities where, despite having a strong advocacy culture, bicycle policy promotion
has not been particularly effective due to group clashes…..
The key to arriving at this common understanding of working together despite differences
was the common agreement in 2008 that, regardless of the intricacies of each group’s
interests and working strategies, all would agree on one thing: to promote policies that
included the bicycle in a favourable manner, and to respect each other. …..
Photo: Bogotá Chamber of Commerce
Have fun while promoting cycling
Having fun while promoting cycling is something that is not so difficult to do, but I want
to repeat that idea since there are times when promoting cycling is frustrating or difficult.
However, it is always good to get on a bicycle and go for a ride…...
Photo: Carlos Felipe Pardo