Title

The Penalosa Principle of Transportation Democracy: Lessons from Bogota on the Morality of Urban Mobility

Abstract

The mayor of Bogotá, Enrique Peñalosa strives to deliver transit services that promote social equity through bicycle lanes, improved sidewalks, and a world-famous Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, "TransMilenio." Through examining the principles that guide his planning, we can flesh out a starting point for socially just transit systems. While such measures can alleviate several harms that transit systems cause, they rest on an incomplete foundation due to their top-down nature. To amend this situation, the author argues for a restorative justice approach to transportation democracy, using examples from Peñalosa's mayoral tenure. In turn, lessons from Bogotá's transportation history reveal how to develop transit systems that strongly favor justice.

Department(s)

Arts, Languages, and Philosophy

Keywords and Phrases

Enrique Penalosa; TransMilenio; Transportation Democracy; Transportation Justice; Urban Mobility

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

1353-3452; 1471-5546

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2017 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht, All rights reserved.

Publication Date

01 Aug 2017

PubMed ID

27909953

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