11 neat ideas that U.S. cities could learn from Colombian cities

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on September 8th, 2015 at 8:38 am

urban growth boundary

Urban growth boundary, Bogotá style: rainforest on the left, Virgin Mary statue in the middle, fourth-largest city in South America on the right.
(Click to enlarge. Photos: M.Andersen unless noted)

Second in a two-post series.

It’s a little bit dumb that urbanists in the United States talk so much about Europe but so rarely about South America.

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People on Bikes: Colombia

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on September 3rd, 2015 at 8:10 am


Avenida Carrera 11, Bogotá.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

It’s likely that more bike trips happen in Bogotá, Colombia, than any other city in the Western Hemisphere.

With 8.8 million residents — a number that has grown by about 12,000 every month for the last 50 years — Bogotá’s estimated 4 percent of trips by bike makes it approximately as bikey as the Portland metro area (2.2 million, with about 2.2 percent of commutes by bike) but much, much bigger.

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