The C40 Cities Finance Facility is supporting a cycling transformation in the city of Bogotá by providing technical assistance to the city administration to help fund new high-quality cycling infrastructure.
- Dedicated technical project advisor based within the city;
- Exploring potential financing and funding structures for construction and operation of the cycle highway;
- Choosing the exact route and designing the infrastructure to maximise development and equity benefits, especially in the southern part of the highway;
- Planning measures to ensure the cycle highway follows climate resilient principles;
- Supporting the development of a communications plan to engage all key stakeholders, especially business owners and women.
The proposed Quinto Centenario cycle avenue runs 25 kilometers in length. It builds on Bogotá's existing but inconsistent mix of cycling infrastructure, and is designated as a 'cycling avenue'. Based on a preliminary forecast of 34,000 users per day, it is projected to save at least 67,000 tons of CO2 between 2018 and 2030, while also improving air quality along the route.
The Quinto Centenario promotes a modal shift from cars and public transport to bicycles, particularly for trips between two and ten kilometers in length (roughly 10 to 40 minutes), by positioning cycling above motorised transportation modes. Along the Quinto Centenario route, cycling will compete with public transport and cars in terms of cost, convenience, and travel time. The project will connect with the existing CicloRutas network in several places, bringing together disconnected segments, and will link to the Transmilenio BRT network at one terminus and nine other stations. It will include bicycle parking facilities, measures to enhance the security of cyclists such as adequate street lighting, and promote economic development through improvement of public spaces along the route.
One of the key objectives of the CFF is to facilitate knowledge sharing. The CFF is ensuring that all present and future lessons learnt will be shared with and beyond other CFF partner cities as well as with any relevant stakeholders, through project briefings, webinars and workshops.
Bogotá is positioning itself as a knowledge hub and disseminating its achievements and objectives with other cities in Colombia, Latin America and beyond. A workshop held in October 2017 discussed ways to plan and finance sustainable mobility projects, especially cycling ones, and related transit-oriented development (TOD) projects. The event, organised by the C40 Cities Finance Facility in partnership with the Alcaldía de Cali, FDI Pacífico, GIZ , Connective Cities, and the World Resources Institute, was attended by representatives from cities, including Medellín, Cali, Pereira, Ibagué, Armenia, Yumbo, Palmira, Quito (Ecuador) and Trujillo (Peru). The workshop included presentations of best practices in sustainable mobility, peer-to-peer exchanges between attendees to address common issues, and structured participatory sessions about how to develop and implement business models for public bike-sharing systems and TOD projects
Lessons learned include:
- Citizens' ownership of a cycling infrastructure project and a supportive culture for cycling are integral to the success of such projects, and to ensuring their legacy across different city administrations.
- To be successful, projects of this importance should be included in and supported by broader urban development and mobility strategies.
- Support by high-level local government officials, particularly the mayor or mayors of involved cities, is key to the success of ambitious infrastructure projects such as the Quinto Centenario.
- The creation and maintenance of an overarching document outlining a project's progress is a crucial project management tool.
- Quinto Centenario Cycle Highway: https://www.c40cff.org/projects/bogota-quinto-centenario
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