Survey reveals trends in sports practices, physical activity, and well-being in Bogotá | IDRD

  • Parks, sports venues and public space improve the quality of life of Bogota citizens.
  • In Bogotá, a total of 4,037 surveys were applied, with a margin of error of 3% and a confidence level of 95%.
  • These results allow us to observe a capital city population that continues to relate to sports practices, physical activity and individual well-being.

Bogota, May 3, 2022 – This Tuesday, the Direction of the Observatory and Management of Cultural Knowledge, and the District Institute of Recreation and Sports, IDRD, through joint work, carried out the socialization of the survey of Sports and Recreational Practices – Quality of Life in Bogotá.

The survey yielded relevant data for the Culture sector and for the IDRD, where the importance of sports venues, public space and parks stands out, as a fundamental meeting place to strengthen the social fabric and improve living conditions in Bogotá.

Likewise, the reported findings allow us to contribute to the follow-up of the issues associated with the UNESCO Sustainable Development Goals and its 2030 agenda, particularly with regard to health and well-being, gender equality and sustainable communities.

In this regard, Nicolás Montero Domínguez, Secretary of Culture, Recreation and Sports, stated that “inhabiting public space with intention modifies our way of perceiving it and makes everyday life thicker, enriched. Sports and leisure activities are one of the main ways we have in Bogotá to relate to the city, and through them we all win: in terms of mental health, interaction with others, connection with emotions and construction of social fabric. Sport and recreation are essential for Bogota men and women, and talking about this is responding to one of the vital conversations of citizenship.”

Health, recreation and healthy living

In general terms, citizens consider themselves to be physically active people, only a fifth do not believe that they are.

By the year 2021, a third of Bogota citizens indicate that they practice some sport or do some physical activity. Walking and jogging constitute 73% of the physical activities carried out by Bogota citizens.

Henry Murraín, Undersecretary of Citizen Culture and Knowledge Management added: “This measurement shows us very positive things about Bogotá, for example: the bike lane is a heritage space in the country’s capital, a third of our population uses it frequently and it could be said that what happens in that scenario is a form of capital intangible that has positive effects on citizenship; secondly, the majority of the population has a positive perception of the nearby parks, the survey shows that the city’s public parks have become one of the favorite places to do sports and physical activity, which is also done in the company of friends, family or pets. All this is a source of pride for Bogotá.”

For its part, the Ciclovía, iconic and traditional in the city, with its 127.69 kilometers of route, continues to be an important space to promote movement and physical activity.

When asking Bogota citizens if they have been to the Ciclovía in the last six months, 30% mention that they have, of these users, 57% are men and 43% women.

In Bogotá, 57% of citizens consider themselves to be physically active, performing an average of 350 minutes of physical activity per week. Additionally, 63% are between satisfied and very satisfied with the parks and recreational areas available in their neighborhood.

Society building parks

During the pandemic, Bogotá suffered a strong crisis in various sectors, sports and recreation was no exception. From the administration, the institutional offer was strengthened, with community programs, which reached the different locations of the city, so that the healthy habits and quality of life of the people of Bogota were not altered.

This last measurement reveals the importance of parks, sports venues and public spaces as settings for meeting, well-being and mental health, and in the same way, to repair the social fabric.

“IDRD is very pleased to present the results of the Sports, Recreational Practices-Quality of Life Survey, which reflect the work that has been done for the city, for the well-being of citizens and their quality of life. The appreciation that people have for physical activity and public space stands out, as well as the good perception that exists regarding maintenance and spaces for recreation and sports, which are becoming builders of the social fabric and meeting points. ”, said Javier Suárez, director in charge of the IDRD.

It stands out that 65% of the Bogota population affirms that they have a park or recreational public space close to their home, being the five main activities that they carry out in these spaces: to play sports or exercise, to be a place of passage or to shorten the path, to walk pets, accompany someone and relax or contemplate the landscape.

Currently, people who say they have a park or public recreational space near their home attend these spaces in the company of family and/or friends (48%), alone/alone (37%), with their pet (11%) and with classmates/coaches (as) (4%).

The survey indicates that the preferred place to carry out physical activity or sports are the parks of the District System, with 52%, followed by the Ciclovía, which obtained 10%. These spaces have been improving with new infrastructure and equipment for the enjoyment of citizens.

The perception that people have of city parks has improved, 81% considered them to be pleasant, 79% highlighted that they have green areas where they can rest or play, while 75% said they are spacious, 66% % stated that they are well equipped and clean, and 48% considered them safe for citizens.

There is still a way to continue traveling and working for well-being, recreation, physical activity, sports, healthy habits and mental health in Bogotá. However, after the strong crisis that the city experienced in the midst of the pandemic, the Culture, Recreation and Sports sector was decisive with its programs and activities so that children, young people, adults and the elderly will find an offer with spaces of quality, favoring the well-being of the community.