Contact & Activities

Participating city

2.644.145 inhabitants

Local contact

Dirección Metropolitana de Modos de Transporte Sostenibles
Fernando de la Torre
García Moreno N2-57, entre Sucre y Bolívar / Quito - Ecuador
++593 989325489

Participation 2011

The participant is committed to:

Organising a week of activities, taking into account the focal theme.
Actions relative to the theme:
Quito´s downtown will be pedestrianized for three days as a trial with the hopes of making this a permanent change in the near future.
Several activities will be held, most in this pedestrian area and mostly focusing on road safety. Events include: a seminar about technical vehicular revision and traffic control as a mechanism to reduce road accidents, formation of Schools’ road safety brigades, cultural exhibitions, etc.
Carrying out a Car-Free Day event by closing one or more streets to traffic, and opening it to pedestrians, cyclists and public transport. This should preferably happen on 22 September to mark your town or city as part of World Car-Free Day.
Zone opened to residents on Car-Free Day:
Quito’s Municipality will pedestrianize 9 square blocks within the city´s historical centre, the area between the following streets: Bolívar, Benalcázar, Olmedo, Guayaquil, Mejía and Flores. This is considered to be one the busiest areas of the city; it is the host to most Municipal departments and also a few of the Presidential Departments. The Historic Centre or Downtown is also the shopping hub for many of Quito’s inhabitants, and lastly it is a popular tourist destination because of its old architecture.
The two boulevards, mentioned above have increased the areas for pedestrians and bicycles while reduced the motorized vehicles’ space.
Implementing one or more new permanent measure(s), which contribute(s) to modal transfer from private car to environmentally sound means of transport.
Permanent measures implemented this year:
New or improved bicycle facilities
  • Improvement of bicycle network (creation of new lanes, extension, renovation, signposting etc)
  • Create or enlarge pedestrian streets
Public transport services
  • Improvement and extension of the public transport services (express services, increase frequency etc)
Traffic calming and access control scheme
  • Speed reduction programmes in zones near schools
  • New traffic regulations: traffic circulation and parking
  • Other: A strong campaign will be lauched about road safety around school zones. It includes traffic control and creation of Schools Road Safety Brigades
Mobility management
  • Launch of awareness-raising campaigns
  • Elaboration of educational materials
  • Permanent access restriction to city centres