|A massive traffic jam on Calle 26 in central Bogotá.|
Waze, Bogotá is the worst - yes, the very worst - place to drive of all the cities it evaluates. And Colombia is one of the worst nations in the world.
And the situation is fated to get lots worse, thanks to the boom in private cars. That's unless the government adopts unpopular policies such as hiking the price of gasoline or instituting a congestion charge. But politicians haven't shown the courage for those things.
Interestingly, European nations with high gasoline prices and high rates of bike commuting, such as Belgium and the Netherlands are ranked as good places to drive - showing that policies promoting 'alternative' transit actually benefit car addicts, as well.
|Colombia, a bad place for drivers, and Venezuela (where gas is almost free) is even worse.|
|Would getting more folks onto bicycles mean fewer cars clogging the roads?|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours