On September 19 the “Road Map for a Sustainable Mobility and Transport in Lima and Callao in 2025” was presented to Mayor Susana Villarán at the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima. The plan for this reform project was supported by the Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering of University College London through British specialist Nick Tyler, who was sponsored by the British Embassy in Lima. Alongside the Mayor other attendees included Alfonso Florez from the Transitemos Foundation, Maria Jara, Head of Transport at the Municipality of Lima, Mariana Alegre, General Coordinator of “Lima Como Vamos” and representatives of the Peruvian institutions involved in the drafting of the roadmap such as Asociación Cruzada Vial, Representantes Automotrices, EMBARQ Andino, Libélula, Luz Ámbar, Universidad Católica, UNI and Swisscontact Peru.
The first speech was given by Alfonso Florez, who stressed the many meetings and workshops that took place to formulate the Roadmap. He indicated that his interest in this project was triggered by Nick Tyler’s words: “The bad news is that [Lima] is 80 years behind in matters of public transport, but the good news is that if they get to work with a concerted, sustained and continuous manner, with clear leadership and unique, in two decades, with current technology, we can reduce the gap and overcome”. Furthermore, Mr. Flores added that the responsibility to improve transportation in Lima by 2025 is not limited to the authorities, but to all citizens living in the metropolis.
After receiving the document from Mr. Flórez , the Mayor thanked the institutions that made the project possible for their support, including the British Embassy’s Climate Change Officer, Patricia Iturregui . Villarán expressed her commitment to fulfilling the proposals and ensure their continuity in successive municipal governments until the objectives are met. She added that she will aim to prioritise pedestrian and non-motorized transport to improve traffic flow, carbon emissions and above all, to ensure pedestrian safety:
“I note that the inclusion of major projects for the Municipality in the Roadmap make reaffirm as Mayor of the City leadership and my conviction that we are on the correct path to solve an old problem which is to mobility and transport, putting forward the pedestrian , then the rider , then the public transport of passengers and finally private transport.”
“The inclusion of these major projects for the Municipality in the Roadmap lead me to reaffirm my leadership as the Mayor of Lima and my conviction that we are on the right track to solve an ongoing transport problem, putting the pedestrian first, then the cyclist, then public transport and finally private transport.”