|Private cars, often containing only one or two passengers, move only a minority of its people but hog most of Bogotá's street space.|
"Destimulate the use of the private vehicle will help us move more efficiently, more humanly."
"There's a twisted incentive in favor of the private car, which is collapsing the city."
"The more street lanes that are opened, the worse that congestion becomes."
"If each private car owner decided to share his car, the congestion would drop 60%."
|Petro says pedestrians get first priority, |
cyclists second, mass transit third and private cars last.
About 100,000 new cars enter Bogotá every year. The city can't possibly hope to build enough new roads for all those vehicles, and wouldn't have the space to even if it had the money.
And, many cities' experiences the world over have showed that expanding road space just promotes driving, filling up those new roads fast. The city is left as congested as before, but millions of dollars poorer and with more pollution, noise, stress and expense.
|Passengers may feel squeezed, but buses move many |
more people per square meter than cars do.
|Priorities? A bicyclist works his way between |
cars on Ave. Septima in central Bogotá.
|Buy a car and get status, power, importance and the pretty girl: |
square meters of auto ads in a single daily newspaper.
|A TransMilenio station on San Victorino Plaza.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours