The Mayor’s Office of Bogotá has announced measures for the first Day without cars and without motorcycles of the administration of Carlos Fernando Galan for next Thursday, February 1. This measure began to be implemented in 2000 in the Enrique Peñalosa mayor’s office. The Day without a Car and without a Motorcycle is developed to contribute to the reduction of the carbon footprint produced by fossil fuels, reduce vehicular traffic and travel times.
According to the announcement by the Mayor’s Office of Bogotá, the city will not allow cars and motorcycles to circulate (with some exceptions) for 16 consecutive hours from 5 in the morning to 9 at night. It is estimated that 1,850,000 cars and 430,000 motorcycles will stop circulating. There will be around 14 checkpoints on the streets of Bogotá, in addition to the presence of 1,140 traffic agents who will guarantee compliance with the measures established for the Day without a car and without a motorcycle of 2024 in Bogotá. For those who do not comply and do not fall within any of the mentioned exceptions, the fines and punishments stated in the National Traffic Code in violation C.14 are as follows: Fine of 572,514 Colombian pesos and immobilization of the vehicle (car or motorcycle).
A total of 18 exceptions have been reported for the vehicles that will be able to be on the streets of Bogotá this Thursday, February 1, 2024. These include public transportation, vehicles driven by people with disabilities, school transportation, vehicles with capacity of more than 10 passengers, vehicles intended for operations of home public service companies, emergency vehicles, vehicles intended for traffic control, including motorcycles and cranes that provide service to the District Mobility Secretariat, and more.
The entire public transport fleet will be on the streets of Bogotá. In the TransMilenio trunks will operate 100% of the available fleet during peak hours and will be reinforced during off-peak hours. TransMiCable will operate during its usual hours. On zone buses, they are authorized to use all available stops, both for boarding and dropping off users. There will be 37,210 taxis available throughout the day. Citizens can also use bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards, or other methods to navigate the streets of Bogotá. There are 630 km of regular cycle routes available, in addition to 101 km of cycle paths that will operate between 6:00 am and 8:00 pm. The 3,300 bicycles that are part of the Bicycle System will be available Shared of Bogotá. There are also 69,130 cycle parking spaces throughout the city and 6,499 spaces located in 26 points of the TransMilenio System. Citizens also have a 9,575 km pedestrian network, which facilitates connection and articulation with the mobility systems and the city. Additionally, there is a call to implement teleworking or virtual study days for institutions, entities, organizations, and people who can put it into practice.
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