|'No more illegality'. Taxi drivers march against Uber today.|
|'Uber out of Colombia. Taxi drivers are hungry.'|
But is Uber good or bad for Bogotá? Studies about ride sharing apps' impact on traffic congestion in United States cities are contradictory. Some have found that the thousands of Uber vehicles cruising the streets worsen traffic jams and pollution and draw riders away from more efficient mass transit, such as buses and trains. In New York, the rise of Uber and other ride-sharing services has coincided with a decline in subway ridership. But other studies suggest that Uber reduces private vehicle use, and encourages more riders to use the same vehicle.
The impacts, however, might be different in Bogotá, where car ownership rates are much lower than
|Not all taxis went on strike today. |
These were working on Carrera Decima.
In any case, fighting Uber and other sharing services, such as Air BnB, is like fighting the future. An effective car pooling program could reduce Bogotá's traffic jams, but the city has never succeeded in starting one. Ride sharing applications finally offer the opportunity to do just that.
|Do ride-sharing services such as Uber worsen congestion?|
|Protesting taxi drivers march down Carrera Septima.|
|A taxi waves a Colombian flag.|
|'Uber is a (sexual) procurer in transport. Wherever it arrives, it prostitutes and corrupts.'|