We are delighted to announce that Gil Peñalosa, founder of the “open streets”/ciclovia movement is coming to Tucson. Join us for a free, energetic, inspiring, and entertaining talk by Gil at the Rialto Theatre on Thursday, April 5th.
Gil is the founder of the internationally recognized non-profit organization 8-80 Cities. His philosophy is simple, yet powerful: “if you create a great city for an 8 year old and an 80 year old, you will create a successful city for all people.”
He’s a world-renowned urban planner and the chair of World Urban Parks, passionate about cities for all people. He inspires and advises decision makers and communities on how to create vibrant cities and healthy communities for everyone regardless of age, gender and social, economic, or ethnic background. His focus is on the design and use of parks and streets as great public places, as well as sustainable mobility: walking, riding bicycles, using public transit, and new use of cars.
Gil has worked in more than 200 cities around the world. As the former Commissioner of Parks, Sport and Recreation for the City of Bogotá, Colombia, he spearheaded the city’s much celebrated transformation of public space and sustainable mobility during the late 1990’s. He is also the pioneer of the “Open Streets” movement, which was founded in Bogotá in 1976 and has since inspired many similar event across the globe, including Tucson’s very own Cyclovia.