1. What are some of the reasons Mauricio Rodriguez cites for the inequality between rich and poor in the capital?
2. What do you think Enrique Peñalosa means when he says “making a city for people, and not so much for cars” ?
3. What happens every Sunday in Avenida el Dorado in Bogota? Do you think this sort of program could be applicable in other places?
4. What does TransMilenio mean and why is this name a key part of the vision for Bogota?
5. What does Enrique Peñalosa think is one of the most important features of any city and why?
6. What was the city able to do with all of the money saved from not building more highways?
7. How many mostly poor residents have been connected to a beneficial public space because of this walkway project?
8. How do available public spaces help to lower crime rates?
9. What message about the government’s priorities does the bike path send?
10. Looking at the pedestrian path built in Bogota, what are some other public infrastructure projects that could be done to further bring life to cities in similar situations?
1. Bogota is at high altitude (8660 ft), where pollution is much more common from cars/buses
2. Think of how the color and size of the buses made it easier to understand for the populace.
3. Consider the moral argument about cars…
4. Peñalosa was on a football scholarship to Duke-imagine that
5. Interesting parallel between his approach to walkways for the poor and our community college system-consider that.
6. Alameda translates to “popular grove” or “tree lined avenue” Make sense?
7. You could compare and contrast the Portland bike solutions with the Bogota ones as well…
8. Don’t you love the sense of ownership they convey?
9. If you knew the roads would be open just for bikes each weekend, how would it change your life? Would you plan social events? Join clubs? Take your family? Keep you bike tires pumped up?