viernes, 8 de octubre de 2010

Bogotá Bike Week Wraps us with a Ride

Bogotá Bike Week wrapped up today with a one of the biggest bike rides seen in Bogotá outside of La Ciclovia and about the closest this city's come to a Critical Mass ride. It was a nice celebration of the elegance of cycling, especially when we pedaled past traffic jams, and hopefully brought some attention to cyclists.

This man came with his bike bus.
Sadly, for this cyclist, the ride made plain many of the things which can make cycling here so difficult. We passed congested streets, old smog-trailing buses and along ciclorutas where we had to dodge pedestrians. On the way to the ride, Juan and I had passed several cars parked unmolested on sidewalks....And then there's that pedantic, compulsive unreasonable rulemaking for the sake of rulemaking. The ride ended at the Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano - which must have a student body in the thousands - and I was told has a bike rack with spaces for only 20 bicycles, as well as a requirement that users sign up at the beginning of the semester to use the rack.

What possible rationality could there be behind that? 

This blog written by Mike Ceaser of Bogotá Bike Tours 
The indomitable Parchita in the lead.

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