Project: Encouraging a modal shift towards sustainable urban mobility alternatives

Maríanely Patlán Velázquez has a Bachelor’s degree in Urbanism from UNAM. She is co-coordinator of the Latin American Network of Citizens «Green City», which has a presence in Colombia, Ecuador and Mexico in promoting urban sustainability options. Currently, she works as a consultant in active mobility at ITDP Mexico (Institute for Transportation and Development Policies), focused on projects related to the use of bicycles in different cities of Mexico. 


The objective of the project is to analyze individual mobility behaviour in the capital of the country that may be the basis of the design of public policies that can encourage a shift towards sustainable urban mobility alternatives.


At the local level, in Mexico City’s transport sector has a major impact on climate change. While this only represents a piece of global change, it has a significant impact on our daily activities, since every one of us can be part of a collective transformation by deciding how to transit one’s city. This is why such emphasis is put on urban mobility. Nowadays, it is necessary to move towards a low-carbon mobility model that allows people to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels and to work collaboratively towards better cities for all.  

My main motivation in applying to #Women4Climate is to have an active role in the transformation of cities into safe urban environments, where people would be able to put aside their private cars for their daily trips. The three aspects at the core of the project are that (1) It is fundamental to make visible the inequalities between men and women regarding the exercise of their mobility rights, (2) It is urgent to generate a collective understanding of the impact that our individual urban mobility patterns have; an understanding that can motivate us to be resilient in the face of the environmental and urban crisis we are living in, (3) It is necessary to complement the design of public mobility policies and programs with daily commuting experiences and with the shared but differentiated responsibilities of those of us inhabiting the city, to reach a more sustainable urban life progressively.