Enrique Penalosa

The Monday Roundup: Penalosa’s reelection, a car-free downtown Oslo & more

by on October 26th, 2015 at 8:36 am

Enrique Penalosa in Portland-1
Once and future Bogotá Mayor Enrique Peñalosa
in a 2012 interview.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

Here are the bike-related links from around the world that caught our eyes this week:

Colombian mayor: Celebrated urbanist Enrique Peñalosa, a major architect of that city’s bike boom, was re-elected to lead Bogotá Sunday after 12 years out of office. He again did much of his campaigning by bicycle.

Car-free Oslo: The capital of the largely petroleum-funded nation of Norway plans to ban cars from its city center in four years.


The lost interview: Peñalosa on parking, density, and the suburbs

by on April 25th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Enrique Peñalosa in Portland-3
Colombian politician and noted urban livability expert Enrique Peñalosa. (From an interview I did with him on May 14, 2012).
(Photos J. Maus/BikePortland)


Envisioning carfree streets

by on July 24th, 2006 at 12:19 pm

[Editor’s note: This is the first article by new BikePortland.org contributor Elly Blue. Let’s give her a nice, warm welcome!]

Car free Mississippi Street Fair
[If you close it,
they will come.]

Last month, I dropped by Last Thursday on Alberta to visit local artist Carye Bye. I was pedaling pretty slowly, gawking at the art, the oddly-dressed hipsters, the musicians, and the improbable bikes when someone in a car behind me honked their horn and I reluctantly sped up.

Then, Someone on a bike ahead of me swerved away from a car nosing its way through the intersection.

Carye was doing a brisk trade, but just starting to enjoy herself. It’s becoming increasingly stressful to set up her table, she said, due to competition for sidewalk space. Later, I walked a few blocks down the street and back, and could barely move through the claustrophobic crush of people squeezed together on the narrow sidewalk.