KEEN – Big Bob and Joe Natoli show down
This was a good night (sorry not such a good photo) at Noosa Gallery – a meeting of Noosa’s Knowledge Entrepreneurs to pick the brains of the mayoral candidates for the post-amalgamation Noosa-Maroochydore-Caloundra Super Shire.
Coinciding with this I came across Enrique Peñalosa – former mayor of Bogota, Columbia.
His mayoralty was based on a principle of equal rights for all people to transport, education and public spaces. Cars were out. Bicycles, buses, schools, parks, plazas and pedestrians were in.
His challenges were enormous – his vision and success outstanding.
In an Interview on ABC – PM Enrique speaks about Australian cities:
ENRIQUE PENALOSA: ‘I think Australian cities are fantastic, you know, I think they’re absolutely beautiful cities where people do a lot of sports and they have a lot of parks, fantastic parks, and they have some very good transport, I mean, in terms of rail and trams.
But I think one thing that has to be avoided is to build more highways, because they stimulate people going farther and farther away. So if we want to stimulate density, there are two things that must be done.
First, no more highways. Second, you have to put public transport on the highways that you do have.
So this is one thing that I think could be improved, to have more bikeways, and I do believe that with a bus system that is to be given total priority in road use, you could really solve basically most of your transport problems.
I’ve read that Joe’s current constituency Maroochy Shire was the only council in South-East Queensland not to apply for infrastructure funding for bicycle pathways from the state government in the last budget.
More links here.