sbaustin wrote:I think you hit the nail on the head. Where else will a cyclist be able to ride their bike safely? Unfortunately it is to the detriment of the pedestrians. What bothers me the most is when there is a bike lane but the cyclist is still on the sidewalk. Anyways, since the police here don't really enforce any laws for motorists, they won't care about the cyclists.
Yeah, that's what got me. If you're not in Lima, you think, good on 'em more bikes, better for the environment and public health. But living here, you think, my health is going to suffer when you knock me over, or my family. Get off the f...ing pavement before you hit me, my wife my child, my mother! And they don't care. It's hacer criollada.
Greg, thanks for your comments, but surely we can walk out of our homes, out of shops without worrying if some lunatic is going to knock us over and kill us. Surely, that's the purpose of the sidewalk/pavement, it's to save from wheeled vehicles driving at speed otherwise we'd just walk out on to the road.
I also worry that this is just a deep cultural malaise which we can do nothing about, hacer criollada. Civic society needs to get stronger here, so that people actually care about their environment and as it stands, I think the quality of life in Lima is getting worse. It just seems to get noisier, more building works, more cars on the road, more horns honking. As it is, the roads and driving standards are terrible. I fear for my life crossing the road sometimes, so even a little thing like bikes on the pavement contribute to the malaise. So both roads and pavements are now a source of danger... Maybe I'll start writing letters to the alcalde about keeping cyclists and getting more cycle lanes and banning them from sidewalks/pavements. As I said, the sad thing is to get anything done about it, some tragedy will probably have to happen before people take notice.