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Local residents call this pedestrian bridge "the metro." Photo by Ocha Colombia.
Riosucio’s “Metro” is Colombia’s Longest Pedestrian Bridge
The municipality of Riosucio (“Dirty River”), located in Northwest Colombia in the Chocó State, floods annually. The ancestral fishing village has traditionally dealt with this yearly problem by building informal plank bridges that citizens must carefully walk across to reach their destination. To mitigate ...
Minibus traffic clogs the streets of Mexico City. Photo by EMBARQ.
Secondhand Vehicles in Developing Countries
A version of this post was originally published in Portuguese on TheCityFix Brasil on July 29, 2011.  Imported secondhand vehicles (ISV) are being shipped around the world from Belgium to Benin, from the United States to the Ukraine. From 1997 to 2007 the ...
Bus drivers on strike in Medellin are demanding greater protection and security from the local government. Photo by Jimmy Baikovicius.
Medellin Bus System Paralyzed by Violence and Extortion
Neighborhoods in Medellin, Colombia were recently paralyzed by a bus driver protest. The strike was triggered by the murder of Duban de Jesus Botero Vera, who was gunned down after his refusal to pay a vacuna extortion fee. The slain ...
TransMilenio: The Good, the Bus and the Ugly
TransMilenio: The Good, the Bus and the Ugly
The Colombian capital of Bogota has been praised for more than a decade concerning its dramatic transformation, which centered around the TransMilenio bus rapid transit (BRT) system, ushered in by former mayor Enrique Peñalosa. TransMilenio has been widely praised and imitated around ...
Photo via ASCOBIKE.
São Paulo Bike Parking: Mauá and More!
In 2001 Adilson Alcantara, manager of the Mauá CPTM (Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos) train station in the greater São Paulo region was faced with a challenge: What to do with the hundreds of bicycles precariously and haphazardly chained to ...
Photo by Alex Hutchinson.
Forum for Sustainable Transport in Latin America
This past week in Bogota, Colombia, transportation ministers, delegations and experts from around the globe gathered to discuss the development of the Bogota Declaration, a multinational agreement of sustainable transportation policies in Latin America. The first Foro de Transporte Sostenible ...
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