RIDING A MOTORCYCLE IN BUENOS AIRES
I’ve been at this courier work for about three years now, but it’s only since last year that things have really picked up – so much so that there’s rarely a day when I’m not on the bike.
The furthest so far has been La Plata and back, which is about 150kms. Most days it’s 30kms around the city or some days, Bella Vista, Retiro, Don Torcuato.
30kms in and around the city feels like 150kms to La Plata and back, especially if you don’t get the green wave of traffic lights.
My main enemies are:
- Traffic lights
- All other cars
- Cobbled streets
- Drizzle. Rain, I can handle.
I always ask people to come down/out of from their flats/appts/shops due to not wanting to leave the bike unattended, not to mention the issue of social distancing. However, some people still want to shake hands, would you believe?
And don’t get me on gated communities – they have to come to the gate now because of the hassle of having to provide an ID card, driving license, insurance, having your photo taken and whatever else they can think of.