|One fewer lane for cars? Caracas Ave. in Teusaquillo.|
|A driver asserts his equal rights by occupying |
nearly as much road space as a bus.
|Asserting equal rights for cars by parking illegally |
on a narrow street, blocking a bus from passing.
By 'equal rights' what these writers mean, it seems to me, is the right to drive anywhere anytime, no matter the impacts on the city. And god forbid that they, in their comfortable private cars occupying dozens of square meters of road space, should be 'oppressed' by those evil, bullying riders crowded into standing-room-only buses.
Oh, and a few other elements of the private cars' equal rights campaign include the right to park on sidewalks, belch pollution and blare one's horn at any hour of the day or night.
Taking lanes away from private cars is a positive step. But what Bogotá really needs is a London-style congestion charge to reduce car use and generate funds for mass transit.
|Car drivers exercise their equal rights by turning Calle 26 into a parking lot.|
|Exercising equal rights for cars by blocking |
pedestrians from crossing a street.
|Comparing road space use by the same number of people in a bus, as pedestrians and in cars. (Image: Human Transit)|
|This street vendor implored the people in the car to let him cross the street. They told him to wait in the rain and be patient.|
|An oppressed vehicle= A car parked on a sidewalk, forcing pedestrians to veer into the street, risking their safety.|
|El Tiempo's Motor section says the lane change means that cars are paying for TransMilenio's mistakes. But bus riders, pedestrians and cyclists pay every day for cars' impacts on cities.|
|As this photo from the same El Tiempo article shows, traffic jams are the fault of cars, not of buses.|