EMBARQ Mexico presents at Second Regional Forum for Sustainable Transport.
A version of this post originally appeared in Spanish on EMBARQMexico.org.
Adriana Lobo, director of EMBARQ Mexico, called for comprehensive mobility plans that promote and implement sustainable transport and urban development at the Second Regional Forum for Sustainable Transport, "Walking into the Future," held on July 26 in Chihuahua, Mexico.
Lobo emphasized the need for removing political boundaries that inhibit the development of cities to allow for a better quality of life.
EMBARQ Mexico Deputy Director Salvador Herrera presented a talk, titled, "Mobility and City." During his speech, Herrera stressed the relevance of integrating different levels of government and public services to achieve better living conditions for the most vulnerable users of the road—pedestrians and cyclists.
He presented data showing that the typical infrastructure of cities perpetuates the model of urban freeways that encourage car ownership and traveling at high speeds, which leads to a high rate of injuries and fatalities from traffic crashes. Each year, there are 24,000 traffic-related deaths in Mexico.
"When a car hits someone at 60 miles per hour, it has a 90 percent chance of taking a life," he said.