gil penalosa

Gil Penalosa’s keynote speech from the Carfree Conference

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 23rd, 2008 at 1:50 pm

“We have learned how to survive, now we really need to learn how to live.”
–Gil Penalosa at the Carfree Conference last Tuesday

I have finally gotten a chance to upload my audio recording of Gil Penalosa’s keynote address to the Towards Carfree Cities Conference at Portland State University last Tuesday.

Penalosa’s speech and presentation garnered a standing ovation from a room full of the best and brightest minds in the international livable cities movement. His words — spoken in the context of a major shift in the transportation mindset of city leaders throughout the world — were the perfect way to kick off the five-day conference.[Read more…]

On the Eastbank Esplanade with Gil Penalosa

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 20th, 2008 at 11:57 am

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Rollin’ on the Esplanade.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Yesterday, after the final day of programs at the Carfree Conference, I took a ride on the riverfront with Gil Penalosa (we were joined by Ian Stude, transportation options coordinator at Portland State University).

Penalosa was Bogota, Colombia’s parks commissioner when that city underwent a massive urban transformation and he is now sought worldwide for his expertise on how to create vibrant and successful public spaces. He has also observed the bikeways and urban design of many cities throughout the world (for more, read this bio). [Read more…]

Penalosa inspires, gives Portland a reality check

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 18th, 2008 at 10:18 am

Gil Penalosa at the
Carfree Cities Conference.
(Photos © J. Maus)

During his inspiring keynote speech at the Carfree Conference yesterday, Gil Penalosa gave Portlanders a lot to think about.

Penalosa is the former Commissioner of Parks, Sport, and Recreation for the city of Bogota, Colombia. During his tenure, he transformed that city (population 7 million) by creating hundreds of acres of new parks, developing a connected network of greenways (linear parks) and bike paths, setting up an ambitious public transit system (utilizing Bus Rapid Transit) and establishing the “Ciclovia”, a carfree streets program adored by millions of Bogota residents each week (and by urban planners around the world).
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More on ciclovias from Bogota’s former Parks Commissioner

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 31st, 2007 at 9:40 am

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My recent post on the efforts of PDOT to create a ciclovia-type event (which they would call “Sunday Parkways”) somehow made its way to Gil Penalosa.

Penalosa (I previously wrote about his brother Enrique) is the former Commissioner of Parks, Sports and Recreation for the city of Bogota, Colombia. During his tenure in the late 1990s, he led a two-year transformation of their ciclovia program from eight miles and 140,000 riders each Sunday to 70 miles and 1.5 million riders!
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