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Despacio at WBF5

Santiago, Chile will host the 5th World Bike Forum (WBF5) from March 31st to April 5th. The World Bike Forum is a citizen-led initiative that began in Porto Alegre, Brazil as a way to promote bicycle use and safety in Latin America and around the world. Previous...

On February 4, 2016 (Car-Free Day), Bogota's government implemented a new segregated bikeway along Carrera 11 (11th Avenue) between 82nd and 100th Streets. Prior to this, the bikeway ran along the sidewalk and was the main north-south route in that part of the city. Despacio decided to analyze...

Last Monday, February 29th, Despacio celebrated Despacio Day for the first time. February 29th is essentially an extra day that we add every four years to correct an astronomical anomaly. We therefore suggested that companies and organizations treat it as a special day, giving employees time...

During the second half of 2015, Despacio was busy putting together the "Bicycle Infrastructure Guide for Colombian Cities" for the Colombian Ministry of Transport. This is the country's first attempt to formally coordinate the design and implementation of bicycle infrastructure in its cities. Despacio is excited and...

Yesterday, Thursday February 4th, was Car-Free Day in Bogotá, a long-time tradition in the city. To celebrate, Despacio, alongside CityParking and Bicivilízate (our partner in Chile), decided to carry out a number of activities at the intersection of Carrera 11 and Calle 84. Despacio set up a small stand offering free basic...

What is Despacio Day? Even though we typically think of there being 365 days in a year, the Earth actually takes 365.242199 days to orbit the sun. To correct this slight discrepancy, every four years we add an extra day to our calendars: February 29th, a "leap day."  This is a...

Join Despacio for a study tour of Bogotá, Colombia home of the astonishing Ciclovia, one of the world's most extensive bikeway networks, and a bike culture unlike any you've seen. The tour runs from April 7-11, offering participants an intensive, hands-on look at bike infrastructures, policies,...

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...

Despacio is a member of the Sustainable Transport Award selection committee. Each year, the committee presents the award to a different city that has shown leadership, vision and achievements in sustainable transport and urbanism over the previous year. More than ten cities have won the award since it began...

Have you already bought your Christmas or holiday gifts? If not, don't worry. The items in the Despacio Kit are pretty and buying them helps support a great organization. The kit includes two items: a mug and a notebook (we ran out of the cloth bags already!) We originally...