|A crowd of motorcycles waits for a light to change on Ave. Caracas.|
|Motorcycle alley. Bogotá has several streets packed |
with motorcycle sales and repair shops.
|Motorcycles pass between cars waiting in a traffic jam.|
Motorcycle exhaust isn't usually very visible, but contains dangerous microparticles. Particularly dirty are the cheap two-cycle engines, because they burn oil and have no filters. Two-cycle engines have in fact been banned in many cities - but in Bogotá they're increasingly common. Lately, shops are selling motor-equipped bicycles, called bici-motos. It's quite an impressive feat to make a bicycle more polluting than a car.
|A motorized bike rider on Ave. Septima.|
It's obvious why motorcycles are popular and increasingly so: They're inexpensive, fast and avoid traffic jams. Motorcycles may have a legitimate role in the city, but they should have to obey pollution and other laws.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours