Bicycle/Wheel sports, Bogotá
On Sunday mornings (and holidays) between 7.00 - 14.00 some of the main streets in Bogotá are closed down for cars. Lots of cyclists, skaters and pedestrians use the roads instead. For example can you go along Carrera 7 from Plaza Bolívar all the way to the north part of Bogotá. Carrera 7 will be car free, but cars will cross the street going from east to west or the opposite.
I noticed there are many overhead bridges and lanes created for cyclists. I was very surprised that this city actually catered a lot of infrastructure for bicycle-travelling.
In fact, on Sundays, several major avenues are closed or halved (4 lanes reduced to 2) for people to go cycling, roller-blading, jogging or walking their dogs. There are even stages set up in the middle of the highway for peopel to do aerobics.
What a conscientious effort of the government to encourage healthy sports amongst the locals.
Ciclorutas are bicycle paths conveniently placed on important streets in Bogotá. Unlike ciclovias, ciclorutas are permanent, not just Sundays. Up North the Av. 19, and Carrera 11 offer a nice ride with vegetation and commercial areas.
Visit the website for more information and a map of the location of the ciclorutas.
On Sundays, they close some of the major Avenues for just cycles and rollerblading and such, they are known as "Ciclovías". Kinda cool! But be aware then if you have to get somewhere on Sunday morning til two or whatever... that buses don't run on those streets then. I had to walk down 7th and catch a cab to church. :)