Friday, May 26, 2006

Via Recreactiva: Guadalajara’s Sunday Bicycle Route

It works in Colombia, so why not Mexico? Two of the main coordinators of Guadalajara's 11.7 kilometer Sunday cycling street were invited up from Bogotá for their expertise. First it was tried in Ciudad Juarez in Chihuahua. In spite of its popularity, a change in city government brought it to an abrupt end. Guadalajara snapped up the idea, along with its planners.

I was first introduced to Lucy Barriga, who, as luck would have it, is a friend of my cousins’. Here she is (left facing camera) busily supervising staff and volunteers in the portable trailer headquarters full of people with radios. She provided me with a bicycle and we pedaled off up the street, wending our way among throngs of happy cyclists, who up until a year ago when this started, were almost completely deprived of an opportunity to ride without fear of slaughter. No cars allowed here.

Later I'll have time for some photo editing and more installments of my tour. Gotta go make a living.


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