This morning, the city inaugurated a new line of its bicycle-lending program, along part of Jimenez Ave.
The expansion, overdue as it is, is an advance. (About two months ago, they created a line in El
While the bikes are intended to partially replace the buses, they aren't available on San Victorino Plaza, which is the final working stop during the mid-day hours. Also, unlike Ave. Septima and El Virrey, which are flat, Jimenez has a grade, altho an uphill one.
This tiny additional bicycle service is also a reminder of the city's inaction on a long-promised city-wide public bicycles program. Recently, the deadline for placing the program out for bid passed without action.
Bogotá, once a pioneer in cycling in Latin America, is falling farther and farther behind cities such as Buenos Aires, Santiago, Chile and Mexico City.
|Ready to ride? Public bikes in front of the San Francisco|
Church, at the intersection of Ave. Septima and Jimenez.
|Riding up Jimenez Ave. Unlike the other where bikes are lent, Jimenez has a grade, altho a mild one.|
|No bikes for me. The municipal potentates arrived at the inaugural event in armored SUVs.|
|The Museo de Oro Transmilenio Station sadly shut down near mid-day. Buses and bikes can coexist.|
|Cycling down La Septima on public lending bikes.|
|Bogotanos line up for public bikes on Ave. Septima.|
Blog by Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours