Today was Bogota‘s car free day and Bogotanos enjoyed a weekday ciclovia along one lane of the southbound side of the Carrera Septima. Originally I used to enjoy the prospect of this car free day, but now I find it quite trying. No, I don’t want it stopped, I just want it adapted so that it’s not just a February 7 event. One day from 365 feels quite whimsical. Yes, pollution levels will have dropped and the mayor’s office will be slapping one another on the back, yes, it’s fun, but it needs to be more. If anything, this car free day goes a long way to show the heavy pollution belched out by the Transmilenio buses, by the crappy public buses and the poor driving of the taxi drivers given free rein of the city’s streets. There needs to be a proper regulation and renovation of the existing bicycle lanes to ensure that those coaxed out today try this again outside of February 7. How about we push for a tree planting day in Bogota, how about we rise up to demand that public transport actually uses a better grade of fuel?
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