|Enrique Peñalosa bicycling. No word on whether this is the bike which was stolen.|
|Bicycling on a Bogotá cicloruta.|
This isn't Peñalosa's first experience with bike theft. In 1997 he was cycling thru a rough neighborhood of Cartagena when muggers stole his bike and other possessions. That time, the police were able to pressure the local criminals into returning the bike. This time, he may not be so fortunate.
The silver lining in this is that, if Peñalosa wins a second term as mayor, this may make him take bike theft and other crime more seriously. Certainly, the fear of getting one's bike stolen must dissuade lots of potential cyclists fearful of getting on their bicycles.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours