Never a city to take the lead when it comes to promoting alternative forms of transport, it seems that Madrid has now finally decided to follow the example of several other Spanish cities and set up a public bicycle hire scheme for journeys within the city. Don't rush out too quickly, the project is just going out to tender and will not be up and running before 2011. The plan was originally announced on the "day without traffic" last year, an event which is now only marked in Madrid by the mayor getting out of his official car just to be photographed on a bicycle before getting back into the car again.
Madrid's bicycle scheme is to be called My Bici, yet another of these awful combinations of Spanish and English that seem to be so common; although those behind the idea claim that it is an abbreviated form of Madrid y Bici. It's said that it will cost an annual subscription of €25 plus a flat fee to be charged on a credit card for each journey. There's a lot of work to be done in advance if the start of the new scheme is not to be marked with mass summary executions of cyclists by Madrid's drivers.
Let's finish with something truly frightening. Inspired by the FBI's demonstration that anyone can mess around with Photoshop, El Mundo has decided to present us with a genuinely scary image of what Esperanza Aguirre and Alberto Ruiz Gallardón might look like in 10 years time.
I can't see Aguirre ordering many prints of that one. However, I'm more worried about what the rest of us will look like after 10 more years of the Espe and Alberto show.