Photo credits: Carlos Felipe Pardo


Bogota is the capital and center for the economic, political and cultural activities of Colombia. The city is located in a high-land area approximately 2640 meters above the sea level. The city is well-known for its BRT system ‘Transmilenio’ and ambitions for a human-centred mobility. The urban area of Bogota is approximately 380 Km2 housing 8 million inhabitants.

Bogota has an overall strong history and organizational structure that gives cycling a big potential in the city. However, the low modal share of cycling indicates a limited outcome of these efforts. Hardware is an area for Bogota to address more extensively, refurbishing the existing infrastructure and developing the network.

Cycling culture is also an area to be developed to make cycling more of a mobility choice as oppose to a recreational activity only.

Modal split of cycling: 4%
Average length of trips made within the city: 5.5 km

Bogota has 392 Km of cycling lanes, most of which are on sidewalks (62%). The rest of the cycling paths are along canals or parks, separated street median and boulevards. 2% of the cycling lanes are on-road, where cyclists encounter frequent conflicts with cars. The reason for that is the limited coverage of the existing cycling lanes in relation to the area of the city. The existing bicycle parking around the BRT stations have sufficient capacity. However, the coverage of bicycle parking facilities in the city area is also limited.
Cycling in Bogota is still largely seen as a recreational activity. The city is trying to push further the cycling culture through cycling education and cycling to school programs which can pay off in the near future. The city provides safety advice for citizens; and the law requires cyclists to wear helmets and lights in the evening. Only 25% of cyclists are women. This can indicate limited safety standard for women as well as less inclusion in the mobility planning.
Orgware is quite a strong area in Bogota thanks to the institutional organization of the mobility planning. SDM (the secretary of Mobility) and IDU (The Urban Development Institute) are responsible for the planning of mobility. District Institute of Recreation and Sports (IDRD) is responsible for the cycling education and the management of cycle paths. Meanwhile civil society organizations are active in spreading the awareness among the citizens as well as cycling research and evaluation of the cycling plans.
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