|On Plaza San Victorino, one of Petro's bike racks finds a user.|
|This small bike rack has been sitting nearly empty for years. |
What made the Petro administration conclude that
the plaza needed a hundred more bike parking spaces?
Sure, Petro did do some good things: He finally got rid of the cart-pulling horses called zorros, which
|Another Petro bike rack finds users!|
Meanwhile, Bogotá's trashy sidewalks, air pollution and chaotic traffic, amongst other urban ills, all continued. A lot of us had hoped that an ex-guerrilla leader would find some daring, innovative solutions to those problems.
But one thing which even Petro's enemies agree about is that he's not corrupt. But while that may be true personally, I found evidence on Plaza San Victorino that corruption existed around Mayor Petro.
|A lonely bicycle in a rack built for two dozen of them.|
All of which makes San Victorino an inadvisable place to park a bike. That, however, didn't stop the Petro administration, or one of its contractors, from installing racks there for some 200 bikes. Naturally, they are almost completely empty all of the time. But somebody earned a bundle of money by installing them.
Alongside Calle 26, you'll also find Petro-era wooden flooring as well as more bike racks, which
|What does an empty bike rack say about Petro's governance?|
I don't know much about Petro's public works. But the little glimpse I've seen of them here in the center makes me wonder how many of Petro's buddies got rich by misusing public funds during his presidency.
Petro's administration did contribute to cycling by adding bike lanes, including the one alongside the Parkway in Teusaquillo. However, he could have supported cycling a lot more by placing these racks someplace where cyclists would actually use them.
|A pretty low bar. 'You can say whatever you want against him, but you can never say that he stole public resources from the city.' Well, perhaps.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours