London and New York City have them. And so do Madison, Wisconsin; Thousand Oaks, California; San Diego, California and many other cities - but not Bogotá, despite its reputation as an urban bicycling pioneer.
|The good: Bicyclists on the Sunday Ciclovia. A few|
years ago a senator tried to cut back La Ciclovia's hours.
But, what such an office would be called or do, and what authority it would have, aren't clear.
Several attendees at the event urged that the office not be 'just about infrastructure,' which is a good point. Also, that it be made to last, rather than just for this mayoralty, whose weeks may be numbered.
|Jesús David Acero, bike coordinator for the|
Institute of Urban Development (IDU) makes a point.
Would this office possess its own real authority or only be a conduit which would have to go, hat in hand, appealing to other city offices for resources and support?
But, as long as it stays positive, a bicycle office could be a good thing just by existing, since it would provide bikes and cyclists with attention and importance.
|The bad: Bike lane needed on Carrera 10, in the city center.|
|City Councilman Roberto Saenz,|
with an assistant on his right.
By Mike Ceaser, de Bogotá Bike Tours