|Award worthy? A 'bike lane' in central Bogotá.|
But while Bogotá's bicycle lanes are an admirable and valuable accomplishment, the honor makes one ask: 'Have the awarders been reading the news over the past decade?'
|A lonely bike lane in Bogotá's Teusaquillo neighborhood. (Of course, this was a Sunday.)|
|Buenos Aires Mayor|
Here's Buenos Aires' mayor cycling. I've never seen Bogotá's (now suspended) mayor on two wheels - perhaps because he's too busy getting involved in scandals.
|Public bicycles in Mexico.|
Bogotá has accomplished lots for cycling, but nearly all of it is old news. Sections of its pioneering bike lane network are crumbling.
So, this award gives me a feeling of sadness for how little Bogotá's done for cycling recently.
|This cyclist chose the street over a bike lane.|
Bogotá has lots of opportunities to reduce its greenhouse gas production (and conventional pollution), but they will require political will to stand up to political and business forces such as the bus companies and the auto industry. With the mayor suspended and possibly on his way to join his senator-brother in prison, nothing will be accomplished during this administration.
|Aged buses on Carrera 10.|
|A lone cyclist on Jimenez Ave.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours