Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Colombia and Global Road Safety- Impressive but Still Room to Grow

November 5, 2013

I recently traveled to Colombia and wanted to share some photos demonstrating the implementation of road safety throughout my trip. There have been some impressive accomplishments but there is still room for improvement.


Some nice examples of road safety:


Main street that is permanently closed to motor vehicles, part of Bogotá’s bike paths network or Ciclorutas de Bogotá



Bike and motorcycle helmet wearing seen throughout Bogotá and Medellín.


A sign reflecting a demand for more biking



An amazing innovation: Metrocable (Medellín) – dedicated cable cars transport people from low income areas to work in a safe way! Here's a view from inside the station.



Metrocable in action


Ciclovía in Medellín on a Sunday- All Sundays and on holidays from 7 am until 2 pm, certain main streets in Medellín and other municipalities are blocked off to cars for the exclusive use of runners, skaters, and bicyclists.


Here are a couple of photos demonstrating room for improvement:


Mixed traffic on major roads


More variety of mixed traffic on major roads

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