Image from La Vida Es Loca
In the United States, there’s an easy way to find out how cities rank on the scale of bicycle friendliness. The League of American Bicyclists ranks cities and publishes a bicycle friendly community list. As far as we can tell, there isn’t a similar community in Latin America, so we don’t really know how each city compares, which is something something that is really needed (anyone?). Nevertheless, we know that some cities in Latin America promote cycling and bicycle culture much better than others. One city that’s recognized by everyone is Bogotá, which has more than 180 miles of bike paths (ciclorutas) that connect most parts of the city and Ciclovía, Bogota’s car-free Sundays that celebrate bicycling, walking and streetlife that inspired NYC’s Summer Streets. (Although Bogotá has a great bicycle network, currently there’s a lack of the political will to support bicycle culture. With mayoral elections approaching at the end of October, we hope the new mayor gives bicycling more importance.)
For these reasons, it gives us great pleasure today to launch Ride the City – Bogotá. Ride the City is a bike routing service created to help bicyclists find an easy way to ride from one part of the city to another. With Ride the City – Bogotá, Colombians now have one more tool to help themselves travel around the city sustainably and healthfully.