An op-ed by Antonio Martínez in the New York Times:

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Traditionally in Mexico, what emerges through consultation is never put into practice, and what is implemented is never subject to consultation. The signs are not encouraging. …

The tense relationship among automobile drivers, cyclists and pedestrians presages the emergence of a new transportation culture. The city seems torn between enforcing its new guidelines, which protect pedestrians, cyclists and mass transportation, and favoring businesses that want to privatize public spaces to the advantage of automobiles.

Here, in one of the planet’s most populous cities, the only route to a sustainable future is a gradual transformation of urban life that enables personal mobility but discourages car use. If Mexico City carries out an experiment that succeeds in changing the way millions of people circulate through the city, it could become an international example. The first task would be to recover the stewardship of public property and invest in an infrastructure of nonmotor mobility.

 Full op-ed here.