The rise of motorcycles in Bogotá, as in the rest of the country, has been remarkably fast over the past decade, but measures to deal with this phenomenon have not kept apace. Although international experiences provide some insight and solutions, there is a lack of detailed knowledge on motorcycle users and their societal impacts (positive or negative). There has not been much discussion of potential mechanisms to help understand the phenomenon, reduce its negative impacts and improve overall mobility. However, there have been a few studies recently that describe the phenomenon, allowing researchers to make concrete proposals to resolve these issues.
Given all of this, Despacio hosted the event «Motorcycles: threat or solution? on July 2, 2015 in the Luis Carlos Galán Auditorium at the Javeriana Pontifical University. This was also the launch event of CAF’s publication, «Motorcycles in Latin America: profile of their use and impacts on mobility in five cities in the region». There were also presentations of related studies and an expert panel at the end of the day. The event was held in cooperation with the Javeriana Pontifical University, the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce and CAF Latin American Development Bank.
The event was divided into three parts. The presentations are below (in Spanish).
La motocicleta en América Latina: caracterización de su uso e impactos en la movilidad en cinco ciudades de la región
El fenómeno del mototaxismo en Colombia- Steer Davies Gleave
La importancia de la motocicleta en Colombia- ANDI
Evento “Motos: Amenaza o solución” – CENDEX
Metodología para el análisis detallado de accidentes de tránsito
Evento: “Motos: ¿Amenaza o Solución?” – Banco Mundial
Movilidad en las zonas pobres de Bogotá – Ricardo Smith
Thanks to all the speakers, organizers and attendees. We hope to see you at our future events.