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Why Medellin is ‘counting on’ citizens to improve its sustainability

Jonathan Andrews spoke to Juan Esteban Martinez Ruiz, Secretary of Mobility, Medellin about the city’s ambitious new development plan

The city has had a metro for more than 30 years and has since implemented metro cables and a BRT system. What are the remaining mobility challenges that Medellin faces?

Faced with the significant problems associated with transport–such as energy consumption, air pollution, the excessive growth of car ownership, congestion, accidents, inappropriate use of public spaces, social exclusion, the deterioration of health, the lack of knowledge of the rules of the road, unorganised urban renovation and consolidation, the deterioration of green spaces and biodiversity and high transport costs, among other things–the municipality of Medellin has adopted changes and incorporated a new vision for the structure of the city. This is expressed in sustainable transport, and is founded on society, economy and the environment– both inclusive and participatory–based on the principle of sustainability in which non-motorised modes of transport and the use of public transport are prioritised over using one’s own vehicle.

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