|'The Bicycle as Alternative' to Bogotá's Traffic Jams'|
They're completely correct, of course - but the ambitious editorial and Bogotá's still-enduring reputation as a cycling-friendly city make the reality all the more sad. Certainly, Mayor Peñalosa did make Bogotá a pioneer - but the city's lagged since then, and its few recent efforts have been half-hearted.
|A cyclist enters a public bike parking facility near La Candelaria.|
|The ground floor of the two-story parking building.|
But only a few TransMilenio stations offer bicycle parking. Simple bike racks, located near security guards, at all TransMilenio stations would give a big boost to cycling. Why the city hasn't done this is beyond my comprehension.
|But this just-finished TransMilenio station on 26th St. and Carrera Decima - located right above a Cicloruta - appears to lack bike parking.|
|A free bike lending program on the closed portion of Seventh Ave.|
|Cyclists pedaling on a portion of Ave. Septima closed to cars while the bridge over 26th Street is replaced.|
|Unfortunately, Septima looks to be reopened soon, meaning that cyclists will once again suffer, like this guy on the nearby 19th St.|
|This homeless man found a home - in one of Bogotá's Ciclorutas, or bike lanes.|
|A bus belches smoke today on Ave. 19.|
By Mike Ceaser of Bogotá Bike Tours