The Mexico City Government announced, during the celebration of World Bicycle Day and via the Ministry of Mobility (SEMOVI), that, since the launch of the new bike-sharing system, ECOBICI, 3.8 million trips have been made, covering a total distance of 7.8 million km. SEMOVI said this is “the equivalent to 204 trips to the moon.”
The new ECOBICI system has 471 installed stations and over 4,500 bicycles, which are used on average 6.7 times per day, with an average trip duration of 18 minutes. Technological advances and user-friendly features of the new ECOBICI system, have also allowed 59,761 annual registrations and over 70,000 temporary registrations, which primarily consist of visitors to the city, explained SEMOVI via a press release.
According to SEMOVI, among those with an annual membership, five out of 10 users are men, three are women and one identifies as non-binary. The implementation of the new ECOBICI system has impacted urban mobility and sustainability in Mexico City by providing a convenient and eco-friendly mode of transportation, as more people are opting for cycling. The program allows for traffic congestion reduction and less carbon emissions.
The success of ECOBICI can be attributed to its accessibility and efficiency, explained SEMOVI, highlighting its strategically placed stations for users to pick up and drop off bikes. The stations allow users to easily integrate cycling into their daily routines and the user-friendly interface and payment system have contributed to the widespread adoption of the service.
SEMOVI explained that it aims to expand the ECOBICI network further, by increasing the number of stations and bicycles in the coming months. This expansion aims to accommodate the growing demand, while promoting cycling as a sustainable and efficient mode of transportation in the city.
Mexico City's Ministry of the Environment (SEDEMA) recently highlighted the promotion of biodiversity and sustainability in Mexico City, beyond cycling. Through nature-based actions, the city has managed to create green and blue veins within its urban landscape. SEDEMA explained that it has established life corridors that foster a bond between species and people, to maintain a connection with nature.
SEDEMA introduced various initiatives to restore environmental balance: the expansion of green spaces, the creation of pollinator gardens and wetlands, the construction of new parks and the rehabilitation of Protected Natural Areas and Environmental Value Areas, which have led to sightings of species such as the American lynx, gray fox, coyote and long-nosed bat in the city, as reported by MBN.