A bikeway is a symbol that shows that a citizen on a $30 bicycle is equally important as a citizen in a $30,000 car
– Enrique Peñalosa, Mayor of Bogota Colombia
Our folding bike carries a very distinguished name, AND the only name of not one but two people who are still alive! The Peñalosa brothers have done more for cycle infrastructure and modern day bicycling in urban areas than just about anyone else in the current era. Although they did not invent the ‘ciclovia’ – a day where downtown streets are blocked off in a city and given back to pedestrians and bicyclists – they certainly pushed it onto the international stage and created a movement around it. When Enrique was mayor from 1998 to 2001, he and his brother Gil (the Parks and Rec director at the time) managed to build 62 miles of interconnected bikeways within Bogota and increased bike ridership from 28,000 to over 350,000 in just a few years.
Gil currently has an organization called 880 that works with over 100 cities worldwide with the mission to created cities that can be easily traversed by people of ALL Ages, 8 years old to 80 years old. For a fantastic interview with Gil on where we cities need to get to for bicycling to be embraced as a culture, go here. His brother Enrique is once again the mayor of Bogota from 2016-2019 and has already developed new programs to further increase public transportation and additional bike-ways throughout the city.
We think our Peñalosa model matches it’s eponym (dictionary word alert!). It is one our most versatile electric bikes that is super accessible to just about anyone out there and their transportation needs. Whether you’re traveling by boat, RV, car, or train you can feel confidant to bring our folding bike with you, giving you the freedom to go explore about anywhere your destination takes you! Like if you find yourself in Bogota, Colombia please swing by the Mayor’s office and give us a hello to him and thank him for giving us his very cool name to our very cool bike.