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Over the last year and a half, Despacio carried out a study of strategies to encourage bike use in Bogota and Latin America. The study was part of a project for the Interamerican Development Bank and Universidad de los Andes: "Comprehensive Bicycle Use Strategy in...

Catharsis Bogotá is a new joint project of Despacio and El Espectador to understand what bogotanos find bothersome about the city. The project starts with a simple question asking people what they dislike about Bogotá and then uses these responses to generate solutions to these problems. Help us by filling out the survey. For those of...

From April 7-9, Despacio led workshops on sustainable Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) in Bogota, Cali and Medellin. Despacio was hired by the Low-Carbon Resilient Development (LCRD) program to develop the  workshops in cooperation with local entities. The objective was to increase knowledge and interest in sustainable TOD...

Medellin's Safe Route, one of Despacio's major projects of the last few years, is about to have its first birthday. The AMVA has conducted a count of bike use twice a month since the Safe Route's impelementation and can confirm that rush hour bicycle trips along the Avenida San Juan have increased between 270% (current)...

IMG_7047 Despacio was in Getsemaní, Cartagena de las Indias a few weeks ago to conduct a night walk ("Nightseeing") with Leni Schwendinger of ARUP. About 20 people accompanied us on the week, including students, government officials and people that were just curious about nighttime lighting and joined the group.
We created a campaign for the District Institute for Recreations and Sports as part of their “Pedalea por Bogota” program, which encourages people to use bicycles as their main mode of transportation. This is part of an initiative known as “know to promote,” based in in surveys and analysis. Click here for an article from El Espectador and at the end of this post, a more technical explanation of the process. Below is the final product: ten pieces that present different messages to promote bicycles, for both digital and printed distribution. They are available for anyone to use (obviously, if you use them, keep the logos there to give credit where credit is due). If interested, you can click to download each one as a jpeg, perfect for printing. We also have printed copies that we will distribute at key locations in Bogota.

Despacio participated at the COP20 in Lima, supporting a number of activities for two projects: SLoCaT and GIZ TRANSfer. The outcomes of these projects' work can be found on the websites for the various events. Despacio's role generally consisted of following up meetings and discussions during the COP20 negotiations, preparing for Transport Day, and attending activities...

Together with a group of concerned residents, Despacio is helping make Sag Harbor a safer place to walk and bike. Jonas Hagen presented the results of the February 2013 Active Transport workshop to the Planning Board of the Village of Sag Harbor on August 20th, and then presented a...

sag harbor lr2 Despite frigid February weather, 32 people got together this Saturday, February 2nd to imagine how they could improve walking and biking in the village of Sag Harbor, New York (population 2,170). Held at the Parish Hall of St. Andrew’s church, the participants drew on maps and brainstormed solutions to the village’s transportation issues. Organized by the civic organization Save Sag Harbor, the workshop was led by Jonas Hagen of Despacio, an organization based in Bogotá, Colombia that develops and implements urban projects based on the Slow Movement philosophy.

We're proud to present the publication "Bogotá 21: Towards a World-Class, Transit-Oriented Metropolis", developed by a project team composed of ITS Hong Kong, Universidad de los Andes, Despacio and Consultoría Colombiana, with the support of BMZ, GIZ and Siemens. The book can be downloaded in English here, (and...