|Attendants and bikes on Seventh Ave.|
|The aluminum-frame bikes are lots nicer than needed |
for five level blocks of Ave. Septima.
"When the protests finally ended, the rains started," an attendant lamented.
Students, local employees and "even business men in suits and ties," used the bikes. Not a single one was stolen, altho I can't imagine it'd be very difficult for someone to present a fake ID and then dart down a side street into the Santa Fe neighborhood, where a stolen bike would be easy to hide.
This five-block project isn't very practical for transport, altho officials should consider expanding it to include spots near universities along the Eje Ambiental. But it demonstrates, once again, that real demand exists for public bicycles in Bogotá, and that this city of traffic jams may be missing an opportunity by not pursuing the idea, as Medellin is.
|Users riding five blocks on loaned bikes. Each loan includes a helmet, but few got used.|
|A bicycle stand.|