Mexico City To Expand Bicycle Infrastructure NetworkBy Fernando Mares | Fri, 08/19/2022 - 18:21
As diminishing one’s environmental impact grew in importance, it became an urgent need for major cities to develop strategies foster a sustainable approach toward mobility. An example of this is electric vehicles as a reasonable option, but non-motorized transportation means are also gaining steam. In this context, Mexico City stands out as the largest constructor of cycling infrastructure in Mexico and is planning to develop it further in 2022.
Mexico City’s Ministry of Mobility (SEMOVI) announced that it will develop four cycling infrastructure projects, including three bicycle lanes and a bus-bicycle lane that will benefit the inhabitants of Miguel Hidalgo, Iztapalapa, Benito Juarez and Cuauhtemoc.
According to SEMOVI, the resources for the development of the projects come from the Public Fund for Cyclist and Pedestrian Care (FONACIPE) and belong to the fund’s project portfolio fpr 2022. According to FONACIPE’s information, the first bicycle lane will connect Ermita Iztapalapa roadway and Ignacio Zaragoza avenue via Guelatao avenue in Iztapalapa. It will be approximately 10km in length and connect with parks like Cuitlahuac and Santa Cruz Meyehualco. Further links with UNAM’s Faculty of Higher Studies Zaragoza, as well as connecting Metro station Guelatao with the to be inaugured elevated trolleybus station Meyehualco are to be established, too.
FONACIPE named the project Ciclovía Av. Guelatao. It also declared the project as a priority because of its connectivity potential, setting the estimated investment at US$795,000.
Other projects that were approved are the Avenida Amores lane that will connect Eje 6 Sur and the Inner Loop, the Kelvin Thiers lane that will connect Mariano Escobedo and Paseo de la Reforma avenue, as well as the bus-bicycle lane along Marina Nacional avenue in the Inner Loop-Ferrocarril toward Cuernavaca section. According to SEMOVI, the projects total a length of 17.8km.
Mexico City is Mexico’s main cycling city, with 316km of exclusive bicycle use lanes. It is followed by Queretaro, with 308km, Leon, Guanajuato with 293.5km and Guadalajara, Jalisco with 253.2km.
As climate change is one of the major concerns on the international policy agenda, the countries that joined climate agreements set the goal of providing bicycle infrastructure for over 25 million people. In Latin America, Bogota, Colombia stands out as the city with the largest bicycle infrastructure network with 593km, followed by Mexico City and then Buenos Aires, Argentina with 272km.