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Press Release: NACTO’s Global Designing Cities Initiative Launches Global Street Design Guide in Spanish

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Internationally acclaimed urban design resource, endorsed by 53 cities worldwide, is now available in Spanish, bringing the tools for safer, more sustainable, and more vibrant streets closer to 500 million people worldwide.

For Immediate Release | February 27, 2020

Press Contact: Lucía de la Mora: [email protected]


Today, Thursday, February 27, NACTO’s Global Designing Cities Initiative  (GDCI) and Lemoine Editores announced that the Spanish translation of the Global Street Design Guide is now available. Originally published by Island Press and released in 2016 by GDCI, with funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Guide was translated into Spanish with support from the Alcaldía de Bogotá, Colombia, through the Bogotá District Mobility Secretariat.

The Global Street Design Guide was created with the input of experts from 72 cities in 42 countries and offers international case studies and technical details to inform street design that prioritizes pedestrians, cyclists, and transit riders.

Since its release, the guide has been endorsed by 53 cities, 45 organizations, two regions, and one country and downloaded more than 18,000 times from GDCI’s webpage. Endorsing the guide becomes a permission slip for practitioners to shift how they approach urban street design in their work and cities. This shift helps cities to align with the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations to “recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth.” 

 “Streets are one of our largest untapped assets in cities and we have an incredible opportunity to reimagine and redesign these spaces to serve so many more people and functions than they do today,” said Skye Duncan, Director of GDCI. “Change can be hard for cities to face but this guide facilitates that change by offering real-world solutions and practical strategies for improving road safety and urban livability for people.” 

“City streets are at the center of so many big challenges facing the world, from health and safety to climate change,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, Founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and former Mayor of New York City. “This guide helps city leaders meet those challenges in ways that also connect people to jobs and services and bring new life to neighborhoods. The guide is full of creative ways cities are reshaping streets to better serve the public – and if those ideas spread around the world, they can help improve billions of lives.” 

“Drawn from life and sourced with real-world examples, this guide provides important tools to level the playing field for transit riders, bike riders, and pedestrians,” said Janette Sadik-Khan, GDCI Chair. “The Global Street Design Guide is  a critical asset for citizens, planners, and leaders in Spanish-speaking cities.”

“Unquestionably, one of the best technical tools to guide the change process needed for our streets to become safe, inclusive, and green public spaces.” said Cecilia Vaca Jones, Executive Director, Bernard Van Leer Foundation.

“Streets are the most important space in cities,” said Enrique Peñalosa, Former Mayor of Bogotá. “While designing them it is important to have in mind that a walking citizen has the right to the same amount of space in the streets, than that using a motorized vehicle. This Guide is a very valuable resource to build streets that start to reflect that principle.”

“In Bogotá and in many other Spanish-speaking cities around the world an irreversible change on how we think about mobility already started,” said Juan Pablo Bocarejo, Universidad de los Andes faculty member and former Secretary of Mobility of Bogotá, Colombia. “The Global Street Design Guide is a vital document to support and improve mobility in the cities of the world.”  

“We need to change the way we measure the success of our streets,” said Juan José Mendez, Secretary of Transportation and Public Works, Buenos Aires. “The Global Street Design Guide helps us shift away from evaluating our streets from how many cars they move to how well they serve everybody who uses them—and what new choices they offer for getting around safely.” 

“GDCI’s Global Street Design Guide is an excellent resource for organizations interested in improving our cities,” said Javier Vergara Petrescu, Co-founder and Director of Ciudad Emergente, Santiago de Chile. “The Guide provides fundamental guidelines on how to transform the streets to benefit people, making them more livable, safe, and sustainable”.

Four Spanish-speaking cities (Bogotá, Buenos Aires, México City, and Querétaro), one region (Santiago), and one organization (Despacio) have already endorsed the guide. 

Support for this translation was made possible by the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety and the support from the Alcaldía de Bogotá, through the Bogotá District Mobility Secretariat, Colombia.

The Spanish translation of the Global Street Design Guide is available for purchase in Bogotá bookstores and through  GDCI’s webpage and will be available as a free online PDF soon also through GDCI’s webpage.


Download an excerpt from the Guide and press-ready high-resolution sample images from the Guide here

Add your city to the map! See how to endorse the Guide here and endorsement template letter here



About the Global Designing Cities Initiative (GDCI)

Launched in 2014 as a program of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), the Global Designing Cities Initiative focuses on transforming streets to inspire safe, sustainable, and healthy cities. GDCI’s work is informed by the strategies and international best practices captured in the Global Street Design Guide. To learn more, visit or follow us on Twitter at @globalstreets.

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