Alternative Transportation

I take a dance class in Chile on Tuesday nights, and afterwards I walk to the Plaza Baquedano to catch the Metro home. Baquedano is one of the city hubs for protests and gatherings, so I’ve had the chance to see some interesting scenes and snap photos.

This particular night I walked out to see hundreds of people and bikes scattered across the plaza. The first Tuesday of every month, they have a “Cicletada” to promote bike transportation in the city. More than 6,000 people start the ride at various locations throughout the city to promote bikes as a non-polluting mode of transportation that is economical, good for the environment, and a great way to exercise.

Hundreds of cyclists gather on Sept. 3, 3013 in Plaza Baquedano for a bicycle ride to promote biking as a mode of transportation. More than 6000 people participate in the ride on the first Tuesday of each month.

Hundreds of cyclists gather on Sept. 3, 3013 in Plaza Baquedano for a bicycle ride to promote biking as a mode of transportation. More than 6,000 people participate in the ride on the first Tuesday of each month.

Diego Cortes (left) and Jaime Yavara patch a tire on Sept. 3, 2013 before a "cicletada."

Diego Cortes (left) and Jaime Yavara patch a tire on Sept. 3, 2013 before a “cicletada.”

Diego Cortes patches his bike tire on Sept. 3, 2013.

Diego Cortes patches his bike tire on Sept. 3, 2013.

Bikers start rolling down the street on Sept. 3, 2013 for the monthly "cicletada" to promote biking as a healthy, economical and environmentally conscious mode of transportation.

Bikers start rolling down the street on Sept. 3, 2013 for the monthly “cicletada” to promote biking as a healthy, economical and environmentally conscious mode of transportation.

I’ve been amazed at the amount of alternative transportation events I see in the city. The public transportation system already functions well, and can get someone almost anywhere they want to go. Possibly the amount of pollution in Santiago motivates these events. I also recently saw a parade of skaters and skateboarders filling the freeway near another metro station. They, like the bikers, gather every month for a ride to promote alternative transportation.

Skaters roll and walk down the street on Sept. 14, 2013 to promote alternative transportation.

Skaters roll and walk down the street on Sept. 14, 2013 to promote alternative transportation.

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