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As they rolled through Caracas crime-ridden
streets on a recent evening, popping wheelies and
shouting anti-car slogans at puzzled motorists, some
50 cycling activists were in a celebratory mood.
Long accustomed to being on the losing end of
their battle to make Venezuela s car-crazed capital a
little less terrifying for two-wheelers, the buzz on
their monthly rush-hour ride to raise awareness about
the city s most-vulnerable commuters was about a
new bike path snaking through downtown.
"You don t know how hard we fought for this," said
Mariano Montilla, who was cruising on a 1970s Japan-
In this August 26 photo, cycling activists shout anti-car slogans as they ride at
night in Caracas, Venezuela. The world's cheapest gasoline, less than five cents a
gallon, has made the city one of the world's most car-centric, with a glut of
Nixon-era gas guzzlers clogging the roadways. AP PHOTO
ese-made road bike, the only working stiff dressed
in a coat and tie amid an otherwise motley crew of
wild-haired cycling advocates.
While Latin American metropolises from Buenos
Aires to Mexico City began promoting the bicycle as
an alternative to traffic gridlock years ago, Caracas
has been a regional holdout.
The world s cheapest gasoline---less than five cents
a gallon---has made the city one of the world s most
car-centric, with a glut of Nixon-era gas guzzlers
clogging the roadways.
Then there s the plague of rampaging motorcyclists
famous for blazing through traffic, putting the lives
of pedestrians and cyclists at risk, when they re not
organising in gangs to carry out assaults.
That s why Mayor Jorge Rodriguez s seemingly
quixotic bet on the bike has elicited widespread praise.
Part of an ongoing effort to reclaim blighted public
spaces, the socialist mayor inaugurated last month
the final stretch of a dedicated bike path, complete
with Venezuela s first suspension bridge exclusively
for cyclists and a giant monument in the shape of
a wheel. The city also launched a free bike-share pro-
gramme with more than 100 green Atomic bicycles,
a local brand built in partnership with Iran.
Successful Free Wheels campaign
---but a long way yet to go
For activists like Montilla, organised in colorful
urban tribes like Bici Punk and Urban Bike Guerrilla,
the incipient Free Wheels campaign brings a sense
of vindication. In the four years since they launched
a local version of the Critical Mass cycling movement
(founded in San Francisco in 1992), they ve been seek-
ing the sort of visibility that could only come with
the support of the mayor, a close ally of President
That s not to say they re satisfied. Far from it. So
far the programme pales next to Mexico City s Ecobici,
which boasts more than 100,000 active users and
over 6,000 bikes docked at 444 stations.
There s also the short length of Caracas bike path:
just over three miles (five km), compared with more
than 186 miles (300 km) of dedicated lanes in Bogota,
Colombia, which pioneered promotion of bike com-
muting two decades ago.
Although unspecified expansion plans are in the
works, activists note that at least for now the bike
path s circuitous route passes far from where most
of greater Caracas three million residents live and
traverses a gated park that closes at 5 pm, leaving a
busy roadway as the sole alternative for those pedaling
home from work.
High road deaths in Venezuela
Venezuela is the world s third-worst country for
motor vehicle-related deaths with 37.2 per 100,000
inhabitants, according to a World Health Organization
global road safety study from 2013. Only the Dominican
Republic and Thailand scored worse.
Despite the bike programme s shortcomings, it has
stirred a sense of civic pride---something in short
supply among Venezuelans beset by long lines for
scarce foodstuffs, triple-digit inflation and one of the
world s highest murder rates.
And enthusiasm appears to cut across the nation s
deep political divide, at least judging by a group of
20-somethings waiting in long lines at one of four
existing stations to register their fingerprint and hop
on loaner bikes adorned with the red-stenciled sig-
nature of the late President Hugo Chavez. Some said
they support Maduro, Chavez s hand-picked successor,
while others were hostile to his government.
Ricardo Montezuma, a Bogota-based urban planner,
said embracing the bike can go a long way toward
rebuilding Venezuelans faith in responsive local gov-
ernment. Caracas regularly ranks alongside war zones
among the world s least livable cities, and quality of
life has only fallen further as the nation s economic
woes worsen. (AP)
Car-crazed Caracas begins
to yield space to bicycles
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