|A cyclist squeezed by cars on Carrera 10. |
How many non-cyclists will dare to pedal Bogotá's streets?
Bogotá already made a trial run on two sites, which seemed to find real demand. But the trial was halted, while Medellin has launched its system and is expanding it.
|A cyclis in the National University. A public bicycles |
program here was ended after many bikes
were stolen and damaged.
One key difference with a municipal system, presumably, is that users will be identified and responsible for returning bikes in good condtion.
|City employees lend bikes on Seventh Ave. |
But the free program only covers a six-block stretch.
If the system is tried and works, then great. It'll boost cycling, improve the city's chaotic transit, get people exercising and contribute to the city's image. Hopefully it'll also spur officialdom to improve conditions for all cyclists and drivers to give cyclists some respect. But if it fails, it'll be a black eye for cycling and mean more opposition to all cycling initiatives.
|Somewhere on this sidewalk, probably underneath the cars, is a bike lane.|
|A bike lane with a post in it.|
|A homeless person found this bike lane to be a good camping spot. If he were blocking cars, the cops would move him.|
|A bicyclist wears a facemask to protect himself from pollution.|
|A nice bike lane near the National Univesity. If they were only all like this one.|