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

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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.

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Former Bogota mayor Enrique Peñalosa to speak in Portland

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Enrique Peñalosa
(Photo: Wikipedia)

Former mayor of Bogota Colombia, Enrique Peñalosa, will be in Portland for a special event on May 14th. Peñalosa is revered in urban planning circles for his pioneering role in the ciclovia movement (which inspired Portland’s Sunday Parkways), his development of bus rapid transit, and his role in re-shaping Bogota’s streets to prioritize people over cars.

Peñalosa’s brother, Gil, who was the minister of sport and recreation during his brother’s administration, gave the keynote at the 2008 Towards Carfree Cities Conference that was held in Portland.

Enrique has been invited by the Urban Planning Club at Portland State University and he will speak at The Amory in downtown Portland. (There are a very limited amount of free tickets available. Email upcevents[at]gmail[dot]com for more info.)

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Envisioning carfree streets

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[Editor’s note: This is the first article by new 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.

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