Fmr. Columbian mayor talks urban spaces

July 7, 2009 12:55:31 PM PDT
The former mayor of Bogota, Colombia, will speak in San Francisco today as part of a new local campaign to improve urban public spaces and bicycle and pedestrian access.

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Enrique Penalosa will help launch the San Francisco Great Streets Project, a campaign by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association.

San Francisco's popular Sunday Streets program, which closes off city streets to vehicle traffic a few times a year in order to promote healthy physical activity, was modeled on Penalosa's "Ciclovia" system in Bogota.

Penalosa's model of urban development has been praised for a focus on more public spaces, a network of bicycle paths, greater pedestrian access and improved public transportation.

He will speak from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the San Francisco Public Library's Koret Auditorium at 100 Larkin St.

The event is free and includes valet bicycle parking, according to organizers.

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