sábado, 14 de julio de 2012

The Bicycle's (Tiny) Corner

Restoring a classic bike. (Photo: El Tiempo)
In what seems like a commendable move, El Tiempo, Colombia's biggest newspaper, has added a regular Saturday page called 'The Bicycle Corner,' about urban cycling. Past weeks' stories have been about a women's cycling club, folding bikes and the new bike lane on Calle 26; This week's is about a group of classic bike fans.

Can you see 'The Bicycle's Corner'
amidst all those car ads?
So, good for El Tiempo for dedicating a bit of its real estate to sustainable transport. Still, it looks like a lonely business, and I'm afraid that the label of 'corner' is all too appropriate, considering the overwhelming amount of car culture and propaganda in the paper. Today's paper, for example, includes a 16-page section called 'Vehicles,' mostly about cars, trucks and motorcycles. And that's beside all the car advertisements which fill the paper every day.

'Women on Bikes' (Photo: El Tiempo)
By Mike Ceaser of Bogota Bike Tours


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