Bogota envisions itself as a potential bike riding destination
According to The Copenhagen Size Index ranking, there are 150 cities around the world listed as “Friendly to the environment”, responding to the constant local governments efforts to stimulate the use bicycle as a mean of transport. Nowadays, Bogotá is recognized for having the longest bike path in Latin America (476Km) and also for its fast growing in the number of citizens who use bicycle as their preferred mean of transportation.
To discover a new Bogota by riding a bike and to appreciate all its tourist attractions from a different perspective, is the Mayor Peñalosa´s commitment to promote the city as a bicycle destination worldwide.
It has been proved that Bogota has successfully positioned in this issue around the world; this is so because the city is a low cost destination, and has developed special structures such as sidewalks, bike paths and bike ways; also because the bicycle ride priorization and the city’s environmental friendly public transportation.
According to the Tourism Observatory of the District Tourism Institute-IDT. Bike trips along streets, avenues and squares that connect Centro Histórico with La Candelaria and Centro Internacional are the ones that national and international tourists like the most. Market places such as: La Perserverancia, Paloquemao, Siete de Agosto and 12 de Octubre are other types of attraction visited by tourists, where they can also taste fruits, desserts and popular typical food from Bogota.
Bogotá is 2.600 meters above the sea level. Those tourists wanting to pedal around the city must be in good health.
Bike riding in other cities around the world:
In downtown, approximately 50% of the trips are by bicycle and local authorities built a parking space for more than 12.500 bikes; this is considered the hugest in the whole world. As in any other Dutch towns, visitors may feel astoniched about how regular is all this.
The city stablished approximately 80.4 Km of bike paths in only one year, now there are more than 128.7 km and assigned a Municipal Plan of bike renting called Sevici. In only 6 years bike trips went from 0.5% to 7% and director of transportation from around the world had the perfect excuse to plan trips to Seville
By tradition, Montreal is one of the northamerican cities in these types of lists. The city began to build bike paths in the 80’, and now it has around 643.7 km. According to a survey, half of the adult population travel by bike at least once a week, but less than the 2% of the routes are done by bicycle.
More than half of the population of the danish capital go to work or to school by bike. The number of bikes is around 650,000, there are more bikes than people. Lots of them are available for rent and Cophenagen dimensions and low traffic makes this a perfect city for bike riding.
Berlin is an outstanding example. Approximately the 13% of the whole trips are done by bike, two times more than 20 years before. In some suburbs this percentage reaches the 20%.
Portland, Oregon, United States
The city has more than 104.6 Km of low bike traffic routes and 281.6 Km of bike paths. All these are used by the 8% of the citizens, who say that going by bike is their main form of transportation and the 10% say that Bike us their second vehicle.
In this huge and crowded capital, the 14% of the trips are done by bike. Also cycling is carried out in here, legally, in sidewalks and paths. Tokio cyclists use “mamacharis” with resistant bike frames, baskets and chairs for one or two kids.