|If Mayor Petro is recalled, the bike lane and pedestrian space on Ave. Septima will likely disappear.|
The signature collection campaign reportedly cost nearly 50 million pesos, meaning that there are deep
|Young bullfighters practice in Bogotá's Santamaria Plaza. |
If Petro goes, the bullfighting season will probably return.
Petro has certainly stepped on toes and ruffled feathers since taking office in January 2012. An ex-leader of the M-19 guerrillas, Petro generated strong feelings from the start. He then angered store owners and restauranters - while earning the gratitude of cyclists and pedestrians - by banning cars from a stretch of Ave. Septima during the daytime.
Petro also antagonized ranchers and bullfighting fans, while pleasing animal rights activists, by banning la fiesta brava in Bogotá's Santamaria Plaza.
|An old tranvia, or streetcar, parked beside the Gaitan Museum.|
Mayor Petro wants to build a light rail line on Ave. Septima,
but if he goes, so will this controversial plan.
But leaders of the recall effort said that what really fired up their campaign was the valorization tax intended to fund neighborhood infrastructure improvements. Nobody likes paying taxes. Ironically, that tax has been repeatedly postponed and neighborhoods constantly complain about their need for such works.
|A traffic jam on the chaotic Ave. Septima, which would |
change fundamentally with a light rail line. Petro also
wants to impose a congestion charge to replace the
failed pico y placa policy.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours