|Councilman Ferreira, his assistant Sandra, and Andrés Felipe debate.|
|A hearing not about La Ciclovia.|
As it turned out, I heard only one speaker even mention La Ciclovia, altho it did become very clear that nobody plans a bike lane for Seventh Ave. Almost all the speakers at the hearing talked only about whether or not a Transmilenio line should be built on La Septima, and if so, whether full-scale TM or Mayor Moreno's 'TM light idea.'
But I did talk to folks about bicycling issues, and got updates on several cycling subjects:
- Ferreira's much-ballyhooed public bikes program apparently has not advanced - but he says he hasn't abandoned it, either. Ferreira now plans to launch a pilot project in June. But he had no more details, such as in which neighborhood it would function, or how many bikes it would involve. Which suggests to me that it won't happen. And, as I've written before, to make public bikes succesful, Bogotá needs to solve problems such as the chaotic traffic and pollution so that people are willing to get on bicycles.
|A Bogotá Cicloruta, near downtown.|
|Andrés sketches a disjointed Cicloruta.|
- Andrés also gave me a sad news item. The Mesa de la Bicicleta, a sort of citizens' consultancy group on cycling issues, has ceased to meet. Andrés said this is because nobody listened to their proposals. The Moreno administration has never seemed interested in cycling issues.
|The Las Aguas bicycle parking facility.|
opened after sitting empty for years, and only after cyclists held a mock funeral in protest.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours