|But will bike lanes |
change the city?
But while those bike lanes would bring positive - if only incremental - improvements for cyclists, probably the most notable thing about the meeting was the turnout: Several dozen people, on a Friday evening for a topic that's more technical than sexy.
|Bike lanes ignored and blocked.|
"Just a year or two ago, only four or five souls came to these meetings," observed Camilo Rey Ladino.
|The crowd came close to filling the meeting room.|
|Cycling activists outside the meeting show off |
'One Less Car' bike stickers.
Another positive point was speaker Jesus Acero, who designed Medellin's public bicycle system as well as one for Bogotá which hasn't been implemented. Cyclists are fortunate to have such an enthusiastic advocate in city planning.
Acero said Medellin's public bike system is expanding, with the addition of 175 bikes (it has 145 now) and six more lending stations. As for Bogotá, "studies are advancing," Acero said. But, of course, we've heard that for years about public bikes here.
|A scheme showing the |
signals included with bike lanes.
|Jesus Acero speaking.|
"Obviously, there's much greater need," for bicycle infrastructure, he said.
"We'll see whether they actually do it," observed Andres Felipe Vergara. "There's a big gulf between words and actions."
|No bike lanes here: A decades-old photo of an urban avenue on the IDU meeting room's walls. Many Bogotá avenues haven't changed much.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours
|The kind of bike lane we don't need more of, near San Victorino Plaza.|
|A good bike lane, near Paloquemao Market.|
|A bicyclist on the Parkway, which may get a bike lane, but perhaps needs one less than other avenues.|