"Colombia's Medellin Pushes 'Eco-City' Aims In Coronavirus Recovery"

"From doubling public transport to expanding electric bike rentals, Colombia's second city wants to use the virus recovery to reach climate goals"

"BOGOTA - As Colombia's second city of Medellin prepares to revive its economy after the coronavirus pandemic, it simultaneously aims to cut carbon emissions by 20% by 2030 - and it is focusing on transport.

City officials say they will expand bike lanes by almost 50% within three years, to 145 kilometres, and more than double the number of interconnected public transport lines, including overland trains, trams and cable car lines, to 26 by 2030.

As well, the city is working to provide 50,000 electric bikes that residents can rent cheaply - and it aims to electrify all public transport by the end of the decade."

Anastasia Moloney reports for the Thomson Reuters Foundation May 26, 2020.

Source: Thomson Reuters Fdn., 05/27/2020