|'Turn right' during the bullfighting season.|
|Riding past a mural on Calle 26.|
Whether it's to protect cyclists from
|Watch out! Pedaling past a multi-bike accident |
on Calle 26 underneath Carrera 13.
Some of the new route, such as 26th Street, was already part of La Ciclovia - but not obligatory for those riding along La Septima. The temporary route exposes more people to the delights of Teusaquillo, while depriving them of landmarks such as the Torre Colpatria, Museo Nacional and the Centro Bavaria. It also adds more risk. In three weekends rides I've witnessed the aftermath of two accidents in Calle 26's dark underpass.
|Calle 26 passes by the famous |
'Beso del Bronx' mural.
But, even if one stays agnostic about bullfighting, the fact is that Bogotá is expending tremendous amounts of money and resources to defend the pastime of a small minority of people, even if they do happen to be wealthy, conservative and influential. Besides inconveniencing the city's cyclists, Bogotá has also called out more than 3,000 police to keep the peace around the bullfighting stadium - police who must be paid and outfitted at taxpayer expense, and who could better be employed preventing crime.
Right or wrong, bullfighting inevitably generates protests, all of which cause huge inconvenience and expense for Bogotá. Why not leave all of this behind? Lots of other forms of enterntainment are available.
|Cyclling along some Teusaquillo streets not normally part of La Ciclovia.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours