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Gallery: Uruguay

photos of Uruguay etc - for talk at members meeting.

This gallery was created on Sunday, 8th February 2009

Typical Uruguayan bike (the cattle-horn handlebars make a suitable national symbol, though they're also widely used for carrying a passenger) - Peatonal Bacacay, Montevideo.

Typical Uruguayan 'cruiser' bike - you need a long chain if you only have palm trees to lock your bike to.

Another hostel, another set of unuseable bikes.

Better than average loan bike from a Uruguayan hostel

Bikes awaiting guests at the Sheraton Colonia, Uruguay

Typical Uruguayan bike with added motor!

Cycle parking at a Montevideo supermarket - rather overshadowed by scooters and motorbikes, as usual. (There's a limit to how much shopping you can do by bike here, as I've never seen a carrier rack on a Uruguayan bike - let alone lights.)

Mercedes, Uruguay - heading into the hotter part of the country, where scooters rule and bikes are hardly to be seen.

Cycle and scooter parking at Paysandú hospital, Uruguay - the attendant places cardboard on scooter (not cycle) seats to stop them cooking in the sun (Boxing Day, and it's in the mid- to high thirties Celsius).

Guarded parking for two-wheelers at Tres Cruces, Montevideo's main bus terminal. Bikes are hung by the front wheel in a seemingly makeshift manner.

There's a remarkable amount of cycling in Montevideo, although there's almost no cycle parking. Drivers are pretty mellow (especially compared to Argentina!) and the roads are safe.

Cycle parking at rear of the Intendencia Municipal de Montevideo (City Hall).

Cycle parking in the underpass below the Intendencia Municipal de Montevideo (City Hall), near the main staff entrance.

Almost the only cycle-parking I've seen in Uruguay that you can lock the frame of the bike to - and of course they're well used (though in fact there's seemingly almost no crime in the area and bikes can be left on a kickstand or against a ... [more]

Cycle and scooter parking in Treinta y Tres ('Thirty-three'), Uruguay.

There's a lot of new cycle parking all over Melo, Uruguay, especially outside schools - nice try, but it's all wheelbenders and they're too close together.

Unusual cycle parking at supermarket in Florida, Uruguay - fine if you can lift your bike that high! (it's probably for staff more than for customers)

Cycle parking (wheelbenders of course) hidden at rear of the Fine Arts Museum, Montevideo

Stylish new cycle racks at Montevideo Botanic Garden

Almost every road in Montevideo is one-way - but traffic lights face both ways, being the only indication telling pedestrians when to cross.

Montevideo's ramblas or waterfront highway stretch for 22km; there's a segregated cycle track only on the busiest sections (very popular on a sunny Sunday afternoon).

Montevideo's ramblas or waterfront highway stretch for 22km; there's a segregated cycle track only on the busiest sections but cycling is permiited throughout.

Segregated cycle track along Boulevard General Artigas, the main road west out of Montevideo - not much used for cycle commuting, alas.

Unusual shelters over the cycle track beside Ruta 3 just west of Trinidad, Uruguay.

Cycle route (also used by scooters) linking the very trendy resort of José Ignacio, Uruguay, to the main road.

Segregated shared-use linking the Uruguayan resorts of Manantiales and La Barra - but who knows which side cyclists should be on?

Cycle-track in Punta del Este, Uruguay - again, a strange obsession with blocking off one side of the track at junctions!

Nasty trench across shared-use path - but the grass may soften the impact!

Cycle track alongside Ruta 9 on the outskirts of Rocha, Uruguay - I'm not sure what useful purpose is served by the yellow blocks down the middle.

Pedestrian-priority zone in Mercedes, Uruguay - with a 2.7-metre height limit.

These cloverleaf junctions, to avoid stopping on main roads, are standard practice in Uruguay.

No consideration for cyclists, pedestrians or wheelchair users at this road closure (blocking the direct route to the Ralli Museum, Punta del Este, Uruguay).

La Paloma, Uruguay - a surfing resort, though not all carry their boards by bike.

No consideration for cyclists at this road closure in Punta del Este, Uruguay.

Builders in Uruguay are no different to those in Cambridge - blocking the cycle track because it would just never occur to them to do anything else.

'If they don't see you, you don't exist' - poster on a bus stop opposite Montevideo city hall. In two months I've not once seen a bike with lights. It doesn't seem to matter.

Road closed early on Sunday morning for cycle racing - Salto, Uruguay

Sunday morning triathlon, Colonia, Uruguay

Most of Montevideo's hergaderas or rubbish scavengers use horse carts - unusually, this one is working alone and with a bike trailer.

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