Colombia Bogotá

Cycling for all on Bogotá’s first resilient cycle highway

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Bogotá

CITY LEADER Mayor Enrique Peñalosa

Bogotá is one of the first two cities to receive support from the C40 Cities Finance Facility. As cities around the world aim to implement sustainable urban mobility plans, Bogotá can act as an example for cities in Colombia, Latin America and globally to reduce their dependence on private vehicles. This project builds on the city's long-standing efforts at developing high-quality cycling infrastructure and experimenting with different solutions, while catering for all cyclists, regardless of age, gender, socio-economic status or level of fitness. 

Bogotá is one of the first two cities to receive support from the C40 Cities Finance Facility. As cities around the world aim to implement sustainable urban mobility plans, Bogotá can act as an example for cities in Colombia, Latin America and globally to reduce their dependence on private vehicles. This project builds on the city's long-standing efforts at developing high-quality cycling infrastructure and experimenting with different solutions, while catering for all cyclists, regardless of age, gender, socio-economic status or level of fitness. 

  • PROJECT SCALE 25km new cycle highway
  • POPULATION 7.88 million (2015)
  • TOTAL REPORTED GHG EMISSIONS 12.4 MT CO2e per year
  • IMPLEMENTING PARTNERS Inter-American Development Bank World Resources Institute

The C40 Cities Finance Facility, in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Resources Institute, is supporting Bogotá to develop the ‘Quinto Centenario' Bikeway, which will epitomise the city's vision on sustainable mobility in the run-up to its 500th anniversary. Traversing the city from north to south, this 25 km-long cycle highway will connect citizens from low, middle and high-income neighbourhoods with jobs, schools and recreational opportunities, and will support approximately 34,000 bicycle trips in the morning peak hours. The project will include bicycle parking facilities, and measures to enhance the security of vulnerable users (such as adequate street lighting) and promote economic development (e.g. improvement of public spaces along the route).

PEAK TRIPS ON CYCLE HIGHWAY

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GHG EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS (CUMULATIVE)

67,565 t
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My ambition is to create a city where children can travel safely in a tricycle or bicycle. Just like in our first administration when we created cycle ways and built the first cycling network, now we will build in Bogotá one of the most ambitious system of cycle highways in the world.
Mayor Enrique Peñalosa
Enrique Peñalosa Mayor of Bogotá

Mayor Peñalosa’s administration aims to double the number of cycling trips in Bogotá by 2020, from 5% to 10% of all trips. The Quinto Centenario Bikeway is the flagship initiative of the city’s strategy to achieve this target, and will provide cyclists access to a direct, safe, connected and comfortable option to travel within the city. The Department of Mobility (Secretaría Distrital de Movilidad, SDM) is leading the project’s planning and implementation, while the CFF is currently providing the following support:

  • 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.
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The C40 Cities Finance Facility, together with IADB, has already helped Bogotá through detailed studies, peer-to-peer exchanges and workshops. Photo credit: Alcaldía de Bogotá.
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CYCLING MODE SHARE IN 2020
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% EMISSIONS REDUCTION GOAL BY 2050

The CFF aims to deliver a replicable and innovative model of how to finance cycling infrastructure in developing and emerging countries’ cities.

 Bogotá is already an established leader with respect to cycling in Latin America and the world, and this project will further strengthen this reputation. The project will both reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions and provide a more sustainable, accessible and resilient public transport system.

Below, you can find further resources on the Quinto Centenario Cycle Highway: