Cable cars provide urban mobility benefits for vulnerable populations. However, no evaluation has assessed cable cars’ impact from a comprehensive perspective. TransMiCable in Bogotá, Colombia, provides a unique opportunity
to 1) assess the effects of its implementation on the environmental and social determinants of health (microenvironment pollution, transport accessibility, physical environment, employment, social capital, and leisure time), physical activity, and health outcomes (health-related quality of life and respiratory diseases); and 2) use citizen science methods to identify, prioritize, and communicate the most salient negative and positive features impacting health and quality of life in TransMiCable’s area, as well as facilitate a consensus and advocacy-building change process among community members, policymakers, and academic researchers.
This project is innovative in its use of a mixed-methods, interdisciplinary research approach, and in its systematic engagement of citizens and policymakers throughout the design and evaluation process. This study will help to understand better how to maximize health benefits and minimize unintended negative consequences of alternative transport projects.
About the Speaker
Luis A. Guzman is an Associated Professor at the School of Engineering at Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia). He holds an M.Sc from the Universidad de los Andes, and a Ph.D. cum laude in Systems of Civil Engineering at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain). Dr. Guzman’s research interests include urban
mobility, transport, and land-use interaction and social, economic, and spatial analysis of inequalities related to urban transport and policy evaluation in Latin America. He is currently a researcher of national studies including the development models and tools regarding land occupation and land-use changes and its implications on mobility,
transport planning, social equity, health, and urban sustainability.
Dr Rafael Martinez, Research Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities, will be moderating the Q&A session of this webinar.