National University students exhibited proposed models for public bikes for Bogotá on the Plaza del Che today, under the watchful eyes of the Cuban-Argentine revolutionary and the guerrilla priest Camilo Torres.
Some of the designs didn't seem practical, since shared public bikes need to be solid, sturdy, inexpensive and easy to use for bike novices. Also, they shouldn't be desireable to bike thieves.
|Cycling on the car-free Ave. Septima.|
In any case, if students at the National University, where you hear lots of talk about the communist revolution which never comes, can help make public bikes a success, they may deserve credit for a another kind of revolution, in sustainable transit.
Unfortunately, biking conditions in most of the rest of Bogotá aren't as nice as the car-free Septima and the National University.
|A homeless person set up camp in this bike lane....|
|....and this SUV driver thot that his vehicle had priority on both the bike lane and sidewalk .|
|Trying out a prototype public bike at the National University.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours