Summary

For some years, Latin America has been considered one of the most urbanized regions in the world: More than 80% of its population lives in cities. But, at the same time, LATAM cities are the most chaotic. A UNO study, published in 2012, reflected this harsh reality in which millions of Latin Americans live.

Thus, the mobility dilemma becomes one of the region's greatest challenges: There are more pedestrians and public transportation users in LATAM than in any other continents, but this proportion is not reflected in the design of streets and public spaces. The state of the streets and roads, its consequences on the quality of daily public mobility and the expansion of unsustainable models that benefit car usage over public transportation, among other things, are the result of a lack of planning and the weakness of public policies that the region's governments are trying to implement.

However, little by little, some changes are starting to take place, for example: More and more Latin American countries are incorporating public policies that encourage bicycle usage in big cities, or are developing infrastructure models that discourage car usage. These are slow and gradual changes, but necessary ones, oriented towards transforming Latin American cities into more sustainable cities that are easy to get around.

1. Private mobility: A "car centric" culture in tension and review