Guaranteeing the "right to mobility" in Mexico City
New mobility law prioritizes pedestrians, cyclists and reshapes mobility in Mexico's largest city
On July 14, 2014, Mexico City passed a new law aimed at improving quality of life and expanding urban mobility through sustainable transport. For the first time, the city explicitly guarantees the right to mobility, specifying that "mobility is the right of each individual and of the society to move freely and access goods through the different modes recognized in this law.” The law also created a new mobility hierarchy, placing pedestrians and cyclists above motorists and prioritizing active transport.
EMBARQ Mexico brought together stakeholders from across government and civil society to advance the development of the law. Through a series of four workshops coupled with an in-depth legal study, the teams focused on drafting a law that would be responsive to the needs of citizens, and also defined priorities among different sectors to come to a consensus. Specifically, EMBARQ Mexico’s team of transport experts was influential in developing plans for a new regulatory body, promoting the integration of different transport systems, and emphasizing traffic safety.
With the law now in place, EMBARQ Mexico will continue to provide technical support to city officials, and help Mexico City continue on the path it has set for people-oriented mobility.