|Schoolchildren walk in La Candelaria's|
La Concordia district. Pedestrians in La Candelaria,
where they far outnumber car drivers and
New Bogotá Mayor Gustavo Petro has proposed making Seventh Ave. pedestrian-only during the five months-or-so they expect the demolition and rebuilding of the bridge over 26th St. to take.
"Let's find an advantage in the crisis" of the bridge closure, Petro said.
|A pedestrian-only block of 10th |
|Not very colonial: Cars idling on Carrera 3 |
in La Candelaria.
|The Seventh Ave. bridge over 26th St.,|
already half demolished.
|A truck-motorcycle crash this morning in La Candelaria.|
It's a wonder that more pedestrians aren't hit.
|A pedestrian darts across a congested Seventh Ave.|
My fantasy for La Candelaria: Banning all a limited number of buses, delivery vehicles during certain hours and a certain number of vehicles per household for the car-owning minority. Buses and vans belonging to local high schools and universities would be allowed, as perhaps a few city bus lines. And, some arrangement would be made for taxi service, particularly for older and handicapped residents and hotels.
|Pedestrians in La Candelaria outnumber car drivers.|
Besides that, there'd be pedicab and a public bicycle service to carry people to transit stations, parking lots and other destinations outside the neighborhood. They should also employ traffic-calming measures like speed bumps and improve security for the increased number of pedestrians. That'd make the neighborhood more sane and calm and more in keeping with its colonial image. It would also reduce the need for parking lots - and provide more space for more productive uses, such as housing, hotels, universities and museums.
|A fender-bender today on Seventh Ave.|
|Jimenez and Seventh Aves in La Candelaria, a highly pedestrian area.|
|Definitely not car-free today.|
|Traffic jam on Seventh Ave., which achieves the worst of all worlds.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours