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The tenth "Dia sin carro" (Car Free Day) in Bo gotá

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  • Eric Britton
    Last Thursday was“Día sin carro” (Car Free Day) in Bogotá. A really big day, the tenth anniversary of the original which I had the honor to work on in
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 7, 2010

      Last Thursday was“Día sin carro”  (Car Free Day) in Bogotá. A really big day, the tenth anniversary of the original which I had the honor to work on in close collaboration with the then mayor, Enrique Penalosa and his assistant Oscar Edmundo Diaz. Planning it was a huge challenge, and making it actually work an even larger one. And if I feel somewhat ambivalent about all the Car Free Days out there that are not able to make a dent in the transport policy and habits of their cities – that being the original idea – there are a much smaller number of them that really do manage to pass this acid text. And of course Bogotá right up at the top of the lot.

       

      I was in a way sad not to be there for this important anniversary, but it would have been a long way to go (and lots of CO2 ) just to watch a huge number of cars no moving for those hours. Still, I wrote a note to my collaborators on it, and one wrote back inviting me to have a look at an article by Dr. Fabio Arévalo Rosero a very active and ingenious soft transport innovator (and medical doctor - he worries about obesity, respiratory infections, and injuries as a result of traffic, hence his interest)), which appeared in a Colombia weekly Semana at http://comunidades.semana.com/noticias/tutores-del-dia-carro/4116.aspx which I copy below along with a quick machine translation that follows.

       

      Thanks very much Fabio. A very nice present from Colombia on this cold wet morning in Paris. (PS. And for those of you who do not know it, teams of doctors and medical personal from Colombia arrived in Haiti very quickly after the disaster and are still there working under very tough conditions.)

       

      If you ever want to see what the original idea was back in 1994 – the title was "Thursday: A Breakthrough Strategy for Reducing Car Dependence in Cities"--  you can find the original paper referred to in the article (in English) at www.thursday.worldcarfreedays.com . Not so bad and here it is 16 years later and still going strong.

       

      Eric Britton

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      Los tutores del "Día sin carro"

      Autor: Fabio Arévalo Rosero MD

      http://comunidades.semana.com/Comunidades/20100204/Cliente_125023/Noticias/Grandeimages%5b3%5d.jpg                        Eric Britton, el "Papá" del Día sin carro en el mundo

      Si el 80 por ciento de los bogotanos pueden vivir sin auto propio todo el año, ¿por qué ese 20 por ciento, o quizá menos, no pueden prescindir de esa comodidad si quiera por un día? Lo que menos puede significar esta jornada es solidaridad, democracia, integración, etc. Una propuesta innovadora que se le debe originalmente al señor Francis Eric Britton.

      El Carfree Day o “Día sin carro” DSC, nace en la Conferencia Ciudades Accesibles realizada en Toledo el año 1994 gracias a la idea y presentación del activista franco-norteamericano Eric Britton. Originalmente el DSC estaba pensado para ser implementado en una ciudad, en un barrio o para ser organizado por cualquier grupo de personas. Sin embargo, luego del año 2000 cuando la Comunidad Europea se suma a la iniciativa, la propuesta se convierte en un llamado planetario a realizar un día libre de automóviles por acuerdo de todos los habitantes de las distintas ciudades adherentes.

      Hoy la ciudad con la mejor experiencia en el mundo es Bogotá. Una iniciativa que nació hace 10 años con Enrique Peñalosa, quien para ello invitó a Colombia al “padre” del DSC, Eric Britton. Así quedó instaurado de manera obligatoria, por norma y acto democrático, el primer jueves de Febrero. Hoy se celebra la jornada número 11 como una manera de imaginar una ciudad sin automóviles, o al menos motivar su empleo racional.

      El DSC es una acción colectiva y concertada entre ciudadanos y autoridades para hacer un gran experimento. Es la oportunidad de probar nuevas formas de movilizarnos, de buscar maneras más sustentables de resolver nuestros viajes diarios, de difundir masivamente las externalidades negativas del uso indiscriminado del automóvil, de relacionar calentamiento global, contaminación acústica y deterioro del aire con el incremento del parque automotriz.

      Es un espacio para invitar a combatir la epidemia del sedentarismo y la obesidad con el uso del transporte activo, de comenzar a comprender la integración de la bicicleta y de la tracción humana como imperativos éticos de equidad, democracia, ampliación del acceso de todos a los bienes de la ciudad. Es una intervención en la salud pública para reflexionar sobre los males de la mecanización excesiva y una invitación a explorar mejores posibilidades de salud mental y social.

      Britton es uno de los expertos internacionales más reconocidos en el campo de las políticas urbanas, con una gran experiencia tanto en el campo económico y empresarial como en el de las administraciones públicas. Es uno de los miembros fundadores de EcoPlan, prestigioso organismo internacional de consultoría, con sede en París, que desde 1966 lleva ayudando a la toma de decisiones estratégicas a gobiernos e instituciones de medio mundo.

      Como consultor internacional, Eric Britton ha servido como consejero a más de treinta agencias nacionales a través de los contactos mantenidos con la OCDE y la Comisión Europea. Ha realizado cientos de documentos y ha publicado más de doscientos artículos, informes y libros, algunos de importancia capital en el campo del transporte. Eric Britton fue, precisamente, miembro del consejo de redacción del informe World Ttransport Policy & Practice, referencia obligada sobre la política y la práctica del transporte en el mundo.

      En Junio del 2000 Eric Britton, junto a Enrique Peñalosa, recibió el prestigioso premio "Stockholm Prize" por su trabajo para reestructurar el sistema de transporte de la ciudad de Bogotá conforme a intereses sostenibles y de justicia social. Si Britton gestó la iniciativa DSC en Toledo hace 16 años, Enrique Peñalosa la acogió y la modernizó. Hoy Bogotá es el referente para el mundo.

       

       

       

      Google machine translate – untouched by human hands

       

      The Guardians of the Car Free Day

       

      Eric Britton, "Papa" of the World Car Free Day

       

      If 80 percent of Bogotá itself can live without a car all year, why this 20 percent, or even less, can not do without this comfort if you want for a day? What this may mean less time is solidarity, democracy, integration, etc.. An innovative proposal that was originally owed to Mr Francis Eric Britton.


      The Carfree Day or "Day without a car" CFD, was born in the Accessible Cities Conference held in Toledo in 1994 thanks to the idea and presentation of the Franco-American activist Eric Britton. CFD was originally intended to be implemented in a city, in a neighborhood or to be organized by any group of people.

      However, after 2000 when the European Community endorsed the initiative, the proposal becomes a global call to make a car-free day by agreement of all the inhabitants of various cities adherents.


      Today the city with the best experience in the world is Bogota. An initiative that was born 10 years ago with Enrique Penalosa, who called on Colombia to do the "father" of the CFD, Eric Britton. This was introduced on a compulsory basis for democratic rule and act, on the first Thursday of February. Today is the day number 11 as a way to imagine a city without cars, or at least encourage its rational use.


      The DSC is a collective and concerted action between citizens and authorities to make a great experiment. It is an opportunity to try new ways to mobilize them to seek more sustainable ways to solve our daily trips to spread the negative externalities of mass indiscriminate use of cars, to link global warming, noise pollution and deterioration of air with increased car park
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      It is an inviting space to combat the epidemic of inactivity and obesity with the use of active transport to begin to understand the integration of cycling and the human drive as ethical imperatives of equity, democracy, expanding access for all to property of the city. It is a public health intervention to reflect on the evils of excessive mechanization and an invitation to explore a better chance of social and mental health.


      Britton is one of the most recognized international experts in the field of urban policies, with extensive experience in both the economic and business field as in the general government. It is one of the founding members of EcoPlan, a prestigious international consulting agency, based in Paris, which since 1966 has been helping to make strategic decisions for governments and institutions of half the world.


      As an international consultant, Eric Britton has served as advisor to over thirty national agencies through contacts with the OECD and the European Commission. He has made hundreds of documents and has published over two hundred articles, reports, books, some of importance in the field of transportation. Eric Britton was, precisely, a member of the editorial board of the World Transport  Policy & Practice a benchmark policy and practice of transport in the world.


      In June 2000 Eric Britton, along with Enrique Penalosa, received the prestigious Stockholm Prize "for his work to restructure the transport system of Bogotá under sustainable interests and social justice". If Britton gestated in Toledo CFD initiative 16 years ago, Enrique Penalosa welcomed it and put it to work.
      Today Bogotá provides the benchmark for the world.

       

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