|Nothing moving: Third Ave. in La Candelaria this afternoon.|
These photos illustrate what too many cars do to a city's transit - and what taking cars off the road does for transit.
|This was one of two minor accidents I saw in the traffic jam.|
|On Jimenez, the Transmilenio buses WERE advancing.|
Our receptionist hated this, of course, because she couldn't drive her car. But, even tho she had to take three different buses to get from home to the city center, she got to work faster than in her car.
Naturally, once the strike ended the Chavez government began giving away gasoline again, commuters returned to their private cars, and to their traffic jams.
New Bogotá mayor Gustavo Petro isn't likely to turn the city into a no-car zone (altho I wish he would). But his ideas of bus-only lanes and a congetion charge could go a long way to freeing us from horrific traffic congestion.
Related posts: Why Expensive Car Fuel is a Bargain for Colombia.
Petro's Brave Transit Plan
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours