Testimonials

Read what world City Leaders
say about working with Gil

For almost two decades I have been able to follow the work of Gil Penalosa, as well as cooperating more closely on a number of occasions. Cooperating with Gil has always been very fruitful and inspiring with direct links to the experiences Gil has acquired through his extensive work in Bogota, Colombia which is indeed a good place for starting a lifelong career for making better cities for people.

Jan Gehl, world renowned urbanist. Founder Gehl Architects, Copenhagen, Denmark

Gil - You are so inspiring, and I can't tell you how much it means to have such a great partner and ambassador supporting our work both here and around the world. All best and thanks again from one of your biggest fans.

Janette Sadik-Khan, Commissioner, DOT NYC, USA

Gil, your broad experience, clear-eyed analysis, infectious enthusiasm and amazing accomplishments make you a "global treasure" in the urban parks movement. Keep up your great work!

Peter Harnik, Director City Park Excellence, TPL, Washington, USA

Gil, I truly cannot thank you enough for what you accomplished during your visit. You really succeeded in firing up our own (already-committed) troops and reminding them why our work at the ground level is so critical. And you raised the thinking and expectations of our city leaders to a new level. This is unprecedented.

Leah Shahum, Former Executive Director San Fco Bike Coalition; currently Founder & Chair Vision Zero Network, USA

Gil s a forceful, passionate speaker about places that create happiness and community well-being. He is articulate as well as knowledgeable; he can put these issues into terms that a politician, lay-person, designer, transportation planner or community center manager can see the benefits these issues can bring to their community.

Fred Kent, President Project for Public Spaces (PPS), USA

Your leadership was so critical to much of what we accomplished in Saint Paul. Thank you!

Chris Coleman, Mayor of St. Paul, MN, USA

Your powerful vision and ambition to holistically make cities a better place for all - toddlers and grannies - has had a long-lasting impact on our city-making. Your passion, experience and ability to communicate important concepts straightforwardly has inspired us to put kids at the center of our urban-scape. All cities need to hear your message of 'all ages, all abilities'.

Erion Veliaj, Mayor of Tirana, Albania

Gil Penalosa is one of those charismatic leaders that needs to be heard. His contribution in many cities around the world in providing simple solutions to improve the liveability of cities makes him a very important player in this age of urbanisation. Gil, founder of 8 80 Cities is a man who can assist in taking other cities forward on the quest for liveability.

Rob Adams, Director City Design, Melbourne, Australia

Gil is one of the most inspiring people I know. I first met him when he came to Victoria to help plan our bike network. His mix of warmth, intellect, experience and humour makes him a pleasure to work with; I look forward to future projects.

Lisa Helps, Mayor of Victoria, BC, Canada

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