Bicycles for a better life. Bike Culture Festival

?Bicycles for a better life. Bike Culture Festival? is a project developed by the Center for Bike Culture of Santiago de Chile with the purpose of socially promoting the transformation of the urban mobilization system. This, with the ultimate aim of having a favorable impact on the problems of climate change and the democratization of cities. In its first stage, the project identified and diagnosed the main obstacles to the development of cycling in Chile. After this, several actions were taken to promote the use of bicycles. Within the framework of the project, the first Citizenship-Government Working Group for the Promotion of Bicycle and Bike Culture in Chile was created, coordinated by the Bike Culture Center, Ciudad Viva, the Ministry of Transport and the Regional Government of Santiago, in which forty government institutions, universities and companies participated. Also, in July 2009, the Bill for the Promotion of the Use of Bicycles and the Development of Bike Culture, currently being processed by the Congress of Chile, was drafted and presented, and approved in the first instance by the unanimity of the deputies. Furthermore, the citizen campaign to collect signatures for the Bicycle Pact that reactivates with each festival, counted about 60,000 signers in 2016.

Institutional design


Formalization: is the innovation embedded in the constitution or legislation, in an administrative act, or not formalized at all?

Frequency: how often does the innovation take place: only once, sporadically, or is it permanent or regular?

Mode of Selection of Participants: is the innovation open to all participants, access is restricted to some kind of condition, or both methods apply?

Type of participants: those who participate are individual citizens, civil society organizations, private stakeholders or a combination of those?

Decisiveness: does the innovation takes binding, non-binding or no decision at all?

Co-governance: is there involvement of the government in the process or not?

only backed by a governmental program or policy 
Mode of selection of participants
Type of participants
citizens civil society private stakeholders  
democratic innovation yields no decision  


  • Deliberation
  • Direct Voting
  • E-Participation
  • Citizen Representation


  • Accountability
  • Responsiveness
  • Rule of Law
  • Political Inclusion
  • Social Equality

Policy cycle

Agenda setting
Formulation and decision-making

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