As promised I will do this weeks assignment on the city I am in on Friday – Bogotá, Columbia
The travel books tell you that Bogotá has 300 KM of hike and bike trails but I have yet to see one. And in comparison to the size of this mountainside city that is not really very long or very useful as an transportation option. The city does not have a subway system but does have special double length busses that runs the length and breath of the city, including on the inside lanes of the freeways. There are pedestrian crossovers and covered designated stops for the exclusive use of these busses. Yesterday, we were museum hopping in an older section of town and the number of people on foot and the congestion of small private busses/private cars/ taxis was – well IMPRESIVE.
In the downtown area – my sampling - the preferred mode of transport were the small busses is all colors, blue, red, green, olive, black and multi colored – and by foot. Even the riot control police where on foot.
Bogotá has a tightly monitored and controlled law that limits the use of your private car. Kurt and Kybran cannot use their car on Tuesdays and Thursdays. So like this morning the two girls are walked to two separate schools and picked up on foot each afternoon. They live in an area close to Kurt’s office and to both the schools. Rain or shine, warm or cold this is the rule.