The prediction came true, and Salamanga founded Pazicleta, which, with the help of corporate sponsors, is distributing bicycles in poor, violence-wracked Colombian provinces to enable children to get to school, making them less likely to join outlaw organizations such as guerrillas and narcotraffickers.
|The peace bikes' rear wheels are red, |
meaning that they leave behind violence.
Salamanga displayed his 'peace bicycles' today during Bogota's annual Expo-Bici, part of Bicycle Week, held in the Gran Estación shopping mall. Salamanga's initiative was one of the most idealistic and least commercial of the expo's offerings, which also included high-tech bikes, folding bikes and wooden bikes, as well as lots of accessories.
Near Salamanga's stand was Bicisi, which aims to produce custom-made yet affordable bikes, "so that nobody has an excuse not to buy one," explained Juan Camilo, one of the founders of the three-month-old company.
|Juan Camilo with a Bicisi bike.|
|Don't drink this junk, no matter |
how pretty the salesgirls.
|Bogotá bicycling jerseys.|
|The city published a bicycle book, altho I didn't wait around to get a copy.|
|Ciclobleas. Obleas, a sweet cracker treat, by bike.|
|A four-wheeled vehicle lent by the city.|
|Bike bag on a wooden bike by Gaia.|
|Rice with milk and bananas, by bike.|
|The big screen displays the downside of Bogotá bicycling: smog-belching vehicles.|
|During the ride to downtown, riding behind a bus which belches smog.|
|This cyclist, sadly, feels the need to wear a pollution mask.|
|Bikes beside the Gran Estacion's fountain pool.|
|Riding down 26th St. How many bikes can fit in the space of a single car?|
|A smile and a colorful bike.|
|The event was held at the Gran Estación shopping mall.|
|A mature cyclist.|
|How many cyclists can fin into the space occupied by a single car?|
|A tiny bike.|