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.
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.