Bogotá's new public bikes wait for riders.
|An adjustment for one of the new bikes.|
|Weaving thru crowds blocking|
La Septima's bike lane.
"Many people come to downtown sporadically," he said. "They don't want to take the trouble."
|The benefits of bicycling.|
Bogotá's public bike program is expanding with frustrating slowness - but in a way that's healthy. If they had instead started out with an ambitious but impractical program which had collapsed in fraud and scandal, it might have buried prospects for public bikes for a long time, as well as scarring cycling in general.
An employee told me they now have 300 bikes and plan to add new lending points in central and north Bogotá.
El Tiempo reports that during its first year the program were used 45,000 times.
The program is still free, and I wonder about its sustainability, especially after Mayor Petro leaves office (which might possibly happen soon, since they're trying to recall him).
By Mike Ceaser of Bogotá Bike Tours