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Chilean Cycling Bloggers

Santiago, the capital of Chile, is one of the most polluted cities in the World (of which we are not proud). In this scenario a group of bike lovers, have developed a way to promote cycling in the city.

“Arriba de la Chanca” (ES) (the translation is “over the pig.” in Chile we call bikes “pigs”), was born in 2001 with the goal of promoting safe cycling in the city. They also work with CONASET (ES), National Committee for safe traffic, in training at universities and working on traffic laws. Throughout the year they organise cycling events and, in fact, they have one on the first of November. The same activities are also carried through in another movement, called “Ciclistas furiosos” (ES) ( furious cyclists). You can check out their cyclo path in Google earth and also read cycling jokes. In some activities the two groups work together.

Other cyclists that on the net share concerns, such as lights and bikes, include Claudio (ES) who explains:

Las luces nos permiten ser visibles en condiciones de ausencia o escasés de luz. Durante nuetros viajes de noche o en túneles, permiten que otros vehículos sepan de nuestra presencia en la ruta, además de nuestra dirección.

“In conditions of darkness or the absence of light, lights allow us to be visible. During our trips in the night or in tunnels, they allow other vehicles to know about our presence on the road and our direction.”

Bicivilizate (ES) has posted about cycling concerns since 2003. From fashion to federal law, news can be found all about cycling. It’s a complete record of Chilean cycling.

In Talca, city outside of the capital, Pablo Abarca (ES) posts photos about the “International Day Without Car” where hundreds of people cycled as a way to promote non-pollution.

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