I am a cycling enthusiast, a safety engineer and I have a Master’s degree in risk management. These three areas of my life came together in 2015 as I founded BiciBus, an organization dedicated to promoting urban cycling as a safe and normal activity in San José. As a mobility consultant I’ve taken part in numerous congresses and events regarding urban mobility. I have also participated in drafting laws and regulations that propel cycling in Costa Rica, as well as assessing governmental institutions in the transition from the transportation, car-centered paradigm to the mobility, human-centered one.
How would you describe your mission?
My mission is to educate individuals, companies and government in urban cycling, so its potential as a serious mode of transportation can be unraveled.
What are the obstacles and challenges you’re facing in your city?
A car centric culture that has the country building car infrastructure at a great cost and with very few, if any, actual benefits, weak governance about public transportation that hinders the potential for inter-modal mobility and the lack of technical skills for the implementation of human-centered infrastructure.
What are your next steps now that you are the Bicycle Mayor?
To continue pushing for more and better infrastructure that comes from knowledgeable people in public office and to continue educating individuals, companies and government as to how to ride in our current streets and what our future streets should look like. All this now enhanced by the backing of the Bicycle Mayor Program.
What can other cities learn from your city?
One thing San José can teach other cities is that private initiatives can solve public challenges. In recent weeks the Municipality of San José adopted the first privately owned bike share system in the city as its official public bike share system. This saved time and money and it helped the Municipality reach out to users much more efficiently. I think that is an important lesson for any city thinking about launching a bike share system.