|An every-day traffic jam in Bogotá.|
|'Three to a car.' A Petro-era plan to require |
car-pooling was never enforced.
|Noisy, polluting traffic in La Candelaria: |
Making cycling, walking and
generally living unpleasant.
What's the solution?
Pico y Placa has manifestly failed, and may even have made congestion and pollution worse by incentivizing the purchase of second cars.
The city's weak promotions for car pooling have accomplished almost nothing.
|A sign announing London's |
congestion charge zone.
Meanwhile, the social and commercial pressures to drive, combined with big subsidies for cars, will continue crowding more vehicles onto our streets.
We can't build out way out of this nightmare.
The only solution is a London-style congestion charge.
|London's congestion fee |
increased cycling (blue).
The charge discourages driving.
The charge finances mass transit.
|London's congestion |
fee reduced driving (red).
It's the only solution.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours