|Drivers wait and wait on a street in La Candelaria.|
As they do every year, Bogotá authorities suspended the Pico y Placa rule during the holidays, when many thousands of Bogotanos leave the city.
Which means that, even with a much-reduced population, we still suffer almost the same old traffic jams. I took these photos today in the city center.
This situation gives reason to reflect on incoming Mayor Gustavo Petro's plan to eliminate the Pico y Placa rule for good. Pico y Placa has obviously failed, as the huge traffic jams on a normal day in Bogotá attest. But the city needs an effective alternative, such as a London-style congestion charge.
Otherwise, with thousands of additional cars flooding the city every week, Bogotá will suffocate in its own traffic.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours