SEMOVI to Install Permanent Bike Lane on InsurgentesBy Jorge Ramos Zwanziger | Wed, 04/14/2021 - 17:38
Mexico City’s Ministry of Mobility (SEMOVI) announced the development of a permanent bike lane on Insurgentes Avenue to give bike users a permanent lane on one of the main roads in the city. According to El Economista, this will be the most important bike lane in the country.
“As part of the commitment of Mexico City’s government toward an intermodal, sustainable, active and safe mobility, SEMOVI, in collaboration with the Ministry of Works and Services (SOBSE), will permanently create a bikeway on Insurgentes that will turn it into a model street with spaces for all types of road users,” reads the announcement on SEMOVI’s website.
The lane will help Mexico City’s government meet its 2024 cycling infrastructure goal of building 600km of bike lanes, reports Expansión Política. After a technical evaluation on the operation of the bicycle lane carried by SEMOVI and various civil organizations, SEMOVI decided to create a bike path that would benefit mobility in the city. The Ministry had identified a considerable increase in bike riders traveling through Insurgentes during the pandemic, from 1,996 to 7,494 per day, which represents a 275 percent increase. Bike paths have become an essential link in the city’s mobility infrastructure, allowing users to access the subway, Metrobús lines and other forms of transportation throughout the city, making the investment even more necessary.
“We decided to focus on an executive project from San Simon to Doctor Galvez that would involve 28.5km (of bike lanes), which considers the bike path on Insurgentes, as well as designated loading and unloading spaces in neighboring streets to guarantee the operation of the bicycle lane and access to businesses on Insurgentes,” announced SEMOVI.
The Ministry celebrated the decision on Twitter and highlighted the cooperation with bike users, vehicles and the commercial sector made this possible while assuring that this mobility model will be safe and sustainable. “Insurgentes is one of the most important and largest roads [in the city], which is why it deserves to be a full street: a symbol to guarantee the coexistence of all users,” said Victor Alvarado, Mobility Coordinator at Poder del Consumidor, according to Expansión Política.