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Published on October 22nd, 2009 | by Zachary Shahan

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Photo Tours of 10 Great Bicycle Cities: #9 Bogota, Columbia

Bogota is a true testament of how a city can be transformed. Through “radical” action for a better city and clean green transportation, Bogota has become a leader in bicycle transportation.

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One step ahead of Basel, Switzerland on this list, Bogota boasts an amazing transformation in the transportation infrastructure and alternative transportation usage of a modern city. Unlike many cities that are renovating primarily for cars or, more admirably, mass-transit, Bogota made sure to put a lot of focus on improving their city for bicyclists and pedestrians as well, the greenest transportation modes!



Bogota set on a mission in the 1990′s to cut down the number of automobiles on its roads. It reduced the space for cars, created more bicycle lanes and pedestrian paths, and dedicated lanes and space for mass transit — bus rapid transit, in particular.

What is the result? Driving has decreased by about 1/3 during rush hour and now just a little more than 10% of Bogota’s residents own a car! Additionally, “cycling and walking has more than doubled!”

Due to these factors and the interesting photos to follow, Bogota is #9 on this Great Bicycle Cities list.

Bike art, bike shippers, bike roads, bike elevators, and car-free Sundays — enjoy the photos from Bogota!

Image Credit 1: estudioquimbaya via flickr under a Creative Commons license
Image Credit 2: pattoncito via flickr under a Creative Commons license
Image Credit 3: EduardoZ via flickr under a Creative Commons license




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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.



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