|Would a public bikes program get pedestrians like these on Carrera 7 pedaling?|
|In Lyon, France, public bikes wait for riders.|
That plan also absurdly required the bicycle scheme to pay profits to the city. Around the world, even in cities much wealthier and with much more tourism than Bogotá, such bicycle systems either receive public subsidies or have deep-pocketed corporate sponsors.
|Paris, France, public bicycles.|
Motor vehicles burn subsidized fuel and often get free parking - which all of us pay for. And all of us pay the costs' of vehicle pollution's health and environmental impacts.
Bicyclists, on the other hand, don't pollute, occupy little space and benefit people's health. But in Bogotá, bicycles don't receive those subsidies.
|Lodz, Poland's public bicycles.|
Unfortunately, in a city like Bogotá with lots of poverty and relatively few tourists and deep-pocketed tourists, a public bicycle system is unlikely to survive on its own economics.
When will Bogotá, with its ambitions of being a cycling mecca, put its money where its mouth is?
|Public bicycles in Zongshan, China.|