|Yesterday, these guys were standing on Carrera 10 and Calle 13, holding this sign describing Bogotá as 'An environmentally healthy territory.' A bit of wishful thinking.|
Here, vehicles routinely stop in the middle of the intersection, creating gridlock. Private cars, bicycles, motorcycles and buses invade TransMilenio's exclusive lanes while police turn a blind eye. Drivers lean on their horns and their tailpipes belch fumes.
Could a few city workers armed with banners change this? Only a little bit, and only for a few hours. Altho one of them told me their work would be 'permanent', today they were gone.
The intersection is chaotic. Both on the street...
...and the sidewalk.
|Trying to hold back the chaos.|
|A woman covers her mouth for protection from the 'environmentally healthy' air.|
|Even the other city workers, holding up a sign about diversity, wore masks for protection from all that environmentally healthy air.|
|Not hard to see where all the pollution comes from. But environmental authorities evidently don't see it.|
|The red 'Pare' or 'Stop' sign clearly does not refer to air pollution.|
|Police pitched in. This one stopped a bicyclist for riding in the exclusive TransMilenio lane.|
|A second cyclist caught.|
|What a headache!|
|Impressively, they also ticketed private cars and buses for invading the TransMilenio lane.|
|But the chaos, pollution and congestion continue.|
|Nobody's going anywhere fast.|
|On the next avenue down, La Caracas, two more city workers held this slightly out-of-place banner saying 'Nature is Life.'|