|Good neighbors? A bicyclist squeezes past a bus on Carrera 10.|
|Ave. Jimenez in La Candelaria is reserved for|
buses, and many cyclists use the corridor.
Most importantly of all, tho, would the plan work at all? I doubt it. Unless the city invests in TransMilenio-type concrete barriers separating these new bus lanes from the rest of the traffic, will car drivers respect them? Unfortunately, I doubt it.
|Pedaling up Ave. Jimenez |
with a bus behind.
On the other hand, in the one place where buses and bikes share an avenue free of cars - on Ave. Jimenez in La Candelaria, it works pretty well and is used by many cyclists.
Bogotá does need new ideas for bike lanes.
|Build safe bike lanes and cyclists will come: A father and|
son pedal along the new bike lane thru
the Centro Intrernacional.
But, where they feel safe and have their own space, cyclists will come, as the car-free stretch of Ave. Septima has demonstrated. Bogotá needs to invest in real, protected and continuous corridors for cyclists. That won't be easy, but it's a necessary step for promoting cycling here.
|Many of Bogotá's existing bike lanes, like this one along Calle 13, are on sidewalks, forcing cyclists to compete with pedestrians.|
|On the street, cyclists must prepare to swallow buses' diesel.|
|Make space for cyclists? A bicyclist amongst cars on Ave. Caracas.|
|Bicyclists navigate amidst traffic on Ave. Septima, which badly needs a bike lane.|
|A tight squeeze: A bicyclist crosses an overpass amidst traffic.|
|Sharing space with buses means breathing their exhaust.|
|A mcyclist on a bike lane near the Universidad Nacional.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours