He's Trying To Make Buses Sexy, And It's Working

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Real quick, take a look outside your window. Do you see lots of roads? How many of them have dedicated, protected bus lanes? What about bike lanes? Unless you live in a few select cities — like Bogota, Colombia; Cleveland, Ohio; or Guangzhou, China — you're probably just looking at a few boring, old, single-purpose roads. That may not seem like a big deal right now, but check out this talk, and then tell me you don't feel even a little uncomfortable about the way cars — and the money it takes to operate them — dominate most American cities. We can totally do better.

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This presentation was given at TED by Enrique Peñalosa, the former mayor of Bogota. During his time in office, Peñalosa helped to pioneer bus rapid transit and bike highways that changed the face of his city way before people in America and Europe were even thinking about it. In recent years, some American cities like Cleveland and New York have started implementing some of his ideas, but compared to Bogota, we look pretty lame even today.

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