Target: Mayor of Mexico City Miguel Angel Mancera
Goal: Encourage Mexico City to continue to look for ways to promote sustainable transportation
This year’s Sustainable Transport Award was recently granted to Mexico City by the non-profit Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), which promotes environmentally sustainable transportation policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Government initiatives to improve inner-city transportation started back in 2006, when the Mayor invested in building bike paths along the beaches, and established a Sunday bike route on one of the city’s wide avenues that passes many of Mexico City’s historical monuments. Despite the proved popularity of these measures, the city was still trying to handle over 4 million vehicles in one city, and in 2011, IBM News rated Mexico City as having the worst commuter traffic in the world.
But the government continued working towards more sustainable transportation, and recent developments would indicate their success. The city has implemented new buses and routes, adding nearly 90 new bus stations to the city. It has also improved walkways and sidewalks, and completely removed cars from certain narrow inner-city streets, as well as installed parking meters in some areas.
Finally, in an attempt to decrease pollution and improve traffic conditions in the city, the government launched the bike-sharing program Ecobici in 2010, which currently has nearly 50,000 users who have made about 5 million trips on Ecobici’s 3670 bikes. The city’s flat terrain and comfortable climate makes it ideal for bike riding, and popularity is growing – cycling is no longer associated with the poor, but spreading within the middle and upper classes as well.
Other nominees for the award included Bremen, Germany, which launched a successful car-sharing program, and Rosario, Argentina, which (similar to Mexico) adopted a plan for installing a new bike-path network and bike-sharing program. Walter Hook, chief executive of ITDP says that cities all over the world are increasingly interested in finding more sustainable solutions to urban transportation. They are realizing that not only would such measures have great environmental benefits, but they would promote cleaner air and less traffic, making cities more livable.
We must keep in mind a city of more than 20 million people that continues to grow will face further difficulties and leave a vast carbon footprint. Sign this petition to congratulate Mexico City on taking active steps to promote sustainable transportation and cleaner air, and also to encourage its leaders to continuously look for further ways to protect our environment.
Dear Mayor Mancera,
First of all, I wish congratulate you on your recent Sustainable Transport Award. Mexico City has long been notorious for its crowded traffic and pollution, and the active approach your government has taken to find sustainable solutions to these problems with urban transportation and greenhouse gas emissions is commendable, and highly deserving of this award.
Cities all over the world are increasingly interested in finding more sustainable solutions to urban transportation. They are realizing that not only would such measures have great environmental benefits, but they would promote cleaner air and less traffic, making cities more livable. But Mexico City – a growing megacity of more than 20 million people – will face further difficulties with transportation, and leave a vast carbon footprint. I therefore encourage you to keep up the good work by continuously looking for further ways to protect our environment.
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