The Penalosa Principle of Transportation Democracy: Lessons from Bogota on the Morality of Urban Mobility
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.
Epting, S. R. (2017). The Penalosa Principle of Transportation Democracy: Lessons from Bogota on the Morality of Urban Mobility. Science and Engineering Ethics, 23(4), pp. 1085-1096. Springer Netherlands.
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.1007/s11948-016-9839-1
Arts, Languages, and Philosophy
Keywords and Phrases
Enrique Penalosa; TransMilenio; Transportation Democracy; Transportation Justice; Urban Mobility
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01 Aug 2017