Bogotá: 10 Years of the Observatory of Mobility

Having reached the 10th year of the Observatorio de Movilidad, the department of mobility of Bogotá’s city administration used the opportunity to organise a meeting in cooperation with Connective Cities, which would as well look back at the past 10 years of the Observatory as thinking about the future collaboration with the Observatory in traffic and mobility data collection in the Colombian capital. The Observatory of Mobility has been operated by the local chamber of commerce in Bogotá (Camara de Comercio de Bogotá) and the Universidad de los Andes in coordination with the traffic and mobility department of the city. In addition to these operating actors, other on mobility data-collecting institutions and organisation had been invited to this meeting.

The first day was mainly an exchange of diverse experiences on mobility among the 25 participants and short input talks by the local chamber of commerce and the city administration, regarding the experiences of the Observatorio de Movilidad in the last 10 years. A guest lecture gave more input on the observatory from Belo Horizonte (Brazil) as an example of good practice from another South American city. Later the further institutions shared their experience on data collection by poster presentations. Day one also included the opportunity to meet in working groups after those input talks.

During the second day, a smaller group discussed options of how to support the observatory of mobility in future, aiming to complement and improve their work with mobility data in Bogotá. Since a meeting of such wide inclusion of stakeholders had not taken place before, the feedback on the meeting was very positive, considering the opportunity to share knowledge and experiences.

That particular diversity of stakeholders, coming from the public, private and academic sector, had an enriching impact on the varying views on mobility and their differing forms to work with urban mobility data. Accordingly, stakeholders consider strategic planning, data management as well as in the communication of new products an opportunity to work together in future. It has also been found that it would be necessary to build a team and dispose of a funding. The participants, moreover, consider annual reports, publications, information exchange and analysis, education and communication, improvement of methodology and an assessment of the use of data in politics as potential products and outcomes of future cooperation. To conclude, those involved actors recommend continuing the exchange of experiences and information as well as an improved coordination to support the observatory.

Participating institutions:

  1. Department of Mobility of the City of Bogotá
  2. Ministry of Transport
  3. Foundation “Despacio“,
  4. „Bogota como vamos“
  5. CAF – Development Bank of Latin America
  6. World Resources Institute
  7. Transmilenio (Public Transport Company)
  8. Chamber of Commerce Bogotá