Daniel Castellanos Curí

I am a cycling activist, planner, and urban manager who dreams of a more inclusive city although I also identify as an avid outdoors man who loves undergoing adventures in the mountains and out on sea. I believe in teamwork, dialogue, and collective growth, which is all accompanied by a frustrated architect who has a fervent desire for change. I think these are all ingredients needed in order to face as many challenges as possible. I’m a Cuban who loves Cuba and its history!

How would you describe your mission?

My mission is to return the bicycle to the city of Havana as a way of life and foster a new culture that is associated with the future and well-being of mankind.

What are the obstacles and challenges you’re facing in your city?

We must change the vision of numerous people who occupy positions of power and don’t consider cycling mobility as a means to help develop Havana into a more sustainable city.
Furthermore, the road infrastructure is not up to standards and always seems to be damaged, which is an aspect that affects management.

What are your next steps now that you are the Bicycle Mayor?

I will hold meetings with all activists and lovers of cycling mobility via the cycling organization “Critical Mass” to talk about the desires and aspirations of the movement, as well as the issues necessary to grow the cycling community!

What can other cities learn from your city?

That with a few things we can do a lot and that we can act as an example for public policy all across the continent.