|Nothing movin': A routine traffic jam in La Candelaria.|
|Gray skies at dawn: Morning |
pollution above central Bogota.
If authorities don't take strong measures soon, Bogotá will strangle in traffic.
|A parked car blocks a handicapped |
ramp in the National Park.
Add to that the pollution, traffic congestion and health problems caused by too many cars, and it's clear that automobiles are a drag on Colombia's economy, as well as its environment and quality of life.
Bogotá's Pico y Placa policy has obviously failed. Mayor Gustavo Petro wants to create a London-style congestion charge: that's not only a good idea. It's a necesity for this city.
|Sensible transit? A cyclist passes cars in a traffic jam.|
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By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours