Besides the increased number of bicyclists, pedaling here's now definitely safer, more pleasant and less polluted.
I've also noticed a large proportion of female cyclists on the pedestrianized Ave. Septima. Generally in Bogotá almost all commuter cyclists are male.
But Petro is now under seige, by a campaign to revoke his mandate. If Petro goes, then the car-free Septima, which many retailers oppose, will likely end, too.
|Four cyclists, one of them carrying his daughter home from school, |
use the bike lane on the pedestrianized stretch of Ave. Septima.
|However, after passing 25th St., the bike lane just ends and cyclists share the road with cars, trucks and buses again....|
|A bike chained to a pole. The whole car-free 24-block stretch lacks a single bike parking rack.|
|From 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. this stretch of Ave. Septima opens to motorized traffic, |
but the bike lane remains.
|This garbage truck found the bike lane a convenient place to stop, |
forcing a delivery cyclist onto the sidewalk.
|No cycle lane here! Farther north on La Septima a cyclist battles his way amongst cars and buses.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours