Gil Peñalosa is an international expert on livable communities and the Executive Director of 8-80 Cities. At events in San Antonio and Austin, he presented many real-world examples that show how modest changes to our transportation infrastructure can have major positive impacts on community health, traffic congestion, and quality of life in Texas.
BikeTexas is very excited to have been able to host Gil Penalosa at evening public events in Austin and San Antonio February 2 and 3, 2011, as well as a Transportation and Health Policy Luncheon at the state Capitol on February 3. Mr. Penalosa acheived unprecedented success as Director of Public Works of Bogota, building linear parkways, bus rapid transit, and instituting the largest ciclovia (car-free day) on the planet. Now based in Toronto, Gil speaks around the world inspiring citizens and leaders to take action to build cities for people. He was recently chosen as the master of ceremonies of Velo-City 2011.
Many thanks to our Policy Luncheon Co-Hosts:
Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) | Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Ft. Worth) | Sen. Tommy Williams (R-Woodlands) | Rep. Linda Harper-Brown (R-Irving) | Rep. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) | Rep. Joe Pickett (D-El Paso)
These events were made possible through the generous support of our sponsors:
Texas Health Institute | Texas Gas Service | Bicycle Sports Shop (Austin) | Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop (Austin) | Richardson Bike Mart | Bicycles, Inc. (Fort Worth) | Bike World (San Antonio) | Jason’s Deli | Walmart | Austin Cycling Association | League of Bicycling Voters | San Antonio Wheelmen | Bexar Trails