|Simple and sturdy: Will Medellin's public bikes look like this one? (Photo: Facebook)|
The city of Medellin plans to start up a public bicycles program this September, which would make it the first city in Colombia with such a system.
|Better and faster on a bike? A traffic jam in Medellin.|
Medellin has mild, warm weather conducive to cycling. But it rains a lot and the city is hilly. Hopefully, the system will succeed and serve to pressure Bogotá to create its own public bikes system.
According to my reading, Medellin will be the fourth city in South America and the fifth in Latin America with a public bicycles program, after Santiago, Chile; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina and Mexico City. The only such experiment I've heard of in Colombia were the public bikes on the campus of Bogotá's National University. That program was ended because many bicycles were stolen and damaged - despite the fact that the university is surrounded by a fence with security. However, the university had no system to track who was using the bicycles.
|A prototype of the public bikes planned for Medelling, according to El Mundo newspaper.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours