Pavement

Pavements in Bogota

The pavements in Bogota are uneven, bumpy and not stroller friendly. It is not easy to walk on them as they are quite high in some places and there are no pedestrian ramps. A couple of times I had to stop, turn back and look for a better way to continue my walking with the stroller, as all of a sudden I saw… steps on the pavement built on the entry ramp to the parking. It was impossible to climb them with the stroller.

Pavements in Bogota
Pavements in Bogota

On some streets, the administration of a building is responsible for the “style” of the pavement they have in front. This means that every few meters the pavement is simply different. Or if there is no building or ‘’owner’’, the pavement is simply not taken care of.

In some places I found the pavement very high and with no ramp. I found it easier to first turn out and get off the pavement with the back wheels. Once a pedestrian saw me doing it and came running to help to get down, he crossed even the street with me to help me to get on the pavement on the other side. Quite ridiculous situation but how nice of him!

In other places crossing the street … a traffic island appears in the middle of the street. It was hard to cross it not to mention the security.

Crossing the street in Bogota
Crossing the street in Bogota

After few days of coming back home exhausted after a walk with the stroller I realized that with all the efforts I make, I will not need to go to the gym ;-). I must add that the altitude of Bogota (2640 m above the sea level) makes you feel tired faster.

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