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This article was originally published in Spanish in our sister site, CityLab Latino.
April 5, 2016, was an important day for cyclists in Santiago, Chile. For five years, regular citizens had been working to rehabilitate the shores of the city’s Mapocho River—creating a bike path and a floodable park—and asking for government assistance. Then, finally, as 100 cyclists waited in the gardens of the executive palace, president Michelle Bachelet announced her support for their project, Mapocho Pedaleable.