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Ciclovía (en español)

Recientemente tuve la oportunidad de visitar a Bogotá, Colombia para documentar los cambios que se han realizado en la última década. Bogotá se ha transformado en una ciudad más habitable, un lugar en el mundo conocido por sus espacios públicos, su sistema de transporte progresivo y lo que esto le ofrece a sus residentes. Esta transformación fue lograda en parte por un evento que se llama la Ciclovía. Cada domingo para la Ciclovía, Bogotá cierra 70 millas de sus calles al tráfico automovilístico y se las abre a gente para que puedan conocer y disfrutar de Bogotá mientras caminan, montan en bicicleta, corren, patinan y se reúnen con amigos y familia sin tener que preocuparse del tráfico.

Para mí, ser parte de la Ciclovía realmente fue una experiencia inolvidable. Disfruté mucho de mi compañia ese día – que incluyó el infatigable Gil Peñalosa (¡Sí, el hermano del ex-alcalde de Bogotá!). Gil y su equipo nos prepararon un programa bien complete y nos proveyeron acceso sin comparación a gente y lugares que ayudó a que esta película pequeña fuera más de lo que me imaginé.

Cuando reflejo en este viaje me recuerdo de la felicidad de la gente. Cada corredor de la Ciclovía estuvo lleno de personas sonrientes . 1.8 millones de Colombianos participan cada domingo en la Ciclovía para liberarse del estrés, para mantenerse en buena salud y para conectarse con otros ciudadanos. Los Bogotanos se entusiasman mucho por la Ciclivía y hasta tienen el dicho “no tenemos playa pero tenemos Ciclovía”.

Estando aquí de nuevo en Nueva York, sigo soñando en un Nueva York donde los residents, jovenes y mayores, ricos y pobres, peatones y ciclistas, tendrían la oportunidad cada domingo de compartir y disfrutar de sus calles en la misma manera.

 

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Speaker:  [00:49] So it’s two o’clock today and Ciclovia’s almost over.  We’ve had a really long day.  We got up at five in the morning and we got to see how it all started, everything from packing up the vendor stations in the trucks, to barricading the streets and closing it to cars.  It was pretty light traffic at the beginning because the weather wasn’t so great, but at about eight o’clock it started getting packed.  It’s a really beautiful way to see the city.  There’s just tons of people, all different kinds, all different ages.  There’s even a segment called the Recreovia and this is absolutely great because they have about 28 stages with aerobics instructors and rumba instructors, and they’re giving free classes to any citizen that wants to participate.  It’s really something beautiful to see. 

 

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Speaker:  [01:36] [speaking Spanish]

 

Speaker:  [02:24] When we were starting the Ciclovia, when I was Commissioner of Parks, Sports and Recreation, we were running chris from 13k, which is about eight miles, to over 90k and we needed a lot of people to work on it.  So we put an ad in the paper saying we need supervisors of the Ciclovia and these are the requirements.  We got 20 resumes and we were expecting over 200.  So at the time the number one programme in Columbia’s TV was Baywatch, so we put an ad in the paper saying we need Bikewatch, tall handsome athletic ra, ra ra, and we got 1500 resumes, which shows that social marketing works.  And so now these people are called Bikewatch and they’re like the managers of the Ciclovia. 

 

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Speaker:  [03:25] It’s the biggest programme around the world and doing sport, more 120 kilometres in a city so different, [unintelligible 03:34].  And always we are university students and it’s a good job because we have enough time for that kind of labour.

 

Speaker:  [03:43] This is beautiful man because we work for the city and everybody smiles at you.  And this is a beautiful work.

 

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Speaker:  [05:48] The obesity rate in the US have skyrocketed, almost every State has obesity.  Not overweight, obesity.  And how else can you get thousands and thousands of people doing physical activity?  So then the infrastructure is there.  It’s free.  The roads are already there.  All you got to do is close it.  You need operational cost to set it up and then you can get this fantastic idea, which is like a party but that everybody attends.  The rich and the poor, and the young and the old and everybody local. 

 

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Speaker:  [07:14] In the Recreovia we have different activities from eight o’clock to one o’clock.  The first session that that we have is a basic aerobics class.  The second class is stretching.  The next class is class for children, and the classes for children we practice with the parents and the children, activities with music. 

 

Speaker:  [07:36] How excited do people get?

 

Speaker:  [07:38] Like a lot.  They are very happy.  They prefer come here instead of being in the house. 

 

Speaker:  [07:45] [speaking Spanish]

 

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Speaker:  [08:01] I give classes.  I’m the teacher. 

 

Speaker:  [08:04] Of which one?

 

Speaker:  [08:05] All the classes.  This is the uniform. 

 

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Speaker:  [08:25] [speaking Spanish]

 

Speaker:  [08:49] A lot of cities are thinking of doing activities like Ciclovia.  Guadalajara started only two years ago with eight miles and now they’re at 16 miles.  Santiago, Chile, started.  In Paris in France, they close some roads.  In Ottawa in Canada, there is like 35 miles of Ciclovia on Sundays from May to September.  So I think that there are some cities in the US that are thinking about it, so just Baltimore, Cleveland, Chicago, Portland, New York, and this is something that any city could do it.  Cities of 50,000 people or cities of ten million people. 

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Clarence Eckerson Jr. has been making fantastical transportation media in NYC since the late 1990s. He's never had a driver's license and never will.

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  • http://CARTAGENA MAURICIO SANCHEZ SANCHEZ

    Deseo participar en los cursos de superacion conocimiento y oratoria para mejorar mi imagen y tener la oportunidad de transmitir mis ideas y mis conocimientos en torno al ambiente, soy director de uno de los proyectos mas importantes de Colombia america y el mundo en RECUPERACION DE BIODIVERSIDAD como lo es la Bocana de la cienaga de la Virgen de Cartagena que con una inversion de 25 millones de dolares recupero la Cienaga de la Virgen de Cartagena mejorando la calidad de vida de mas de 450000 habitantes es el segundo proyecto que se construye en el mundo despues del de Tunez en Sudafrica podemos sentirnos orgullosos de que lo tenemos en Colombia

    GRACIAS MI GENTE

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Reinhard-Sommer/100000022048229 Reinhard Sommer

    Buenos dias

    lo que falta en Alemania  es un dia para bicis