urban cycling in Mexico City, all a risky sport
How to shoot in a city designed for cars?
While Mexico city is facing a serious environmental crisis, the benefits of urban cycling make this transport is an alternative for some people, even when the city planning has been done primarily for cars.
the city government has made efforts to promote the use of the bicycle. The more media and relevant yet to come in September when one of the tests of Tour de France takes place in the capital of Mexico.
Among other measures implementing the program Ecobici, a network of bicycle borrowed whose annuity costs 400 pesos (about $ 20). It currently has 200,000 subscribers, but for now the network is only present in Cuauhtemoc, Benito Juarez and Miguel Hidalgo delegations.
In addition to the biciescuelas, a government program that teaches people to ride a bike, to know their rights and obligations as urban cyclists as well as provide basic maintenance and repair to a bicycle. And the Paseo cyclist, an initiative that is closed on Sundays major thoroughfares such as Paseo de la Reforma from 8:00 to 14:00 for the exclusive use of bicycles, skateboards or skates. Sundays at month end 32 kilometers of roads are closed to make the “long walk.”
Being urban cyclist is a high-risk sport
Despite the government’s efforts to make visible the group of the population using the bicycle, the reality is that be urban cyclist is a high-risk sport.
last year 21 cyclists died rolls, within that figure, Montserrat Paredes, who died hit by a truck on Paseo de la Reforma. The video that documented the accident became very popular in social networks.
The city of cars
The official figures say that in the city circulate more than 5 million cars.
Just 2.5% of all journeys made in Mexico City are made by bicycle, according to estimates Augustine Martinez, director and founder of the Bicitekas organization.
infrastructure the conurbadas areas of Mexico in general is intended for cars: 86 percent of the national budget allocated for mobility used it, the rest of the money is for all other forms of transport (pedestrians, public transport and cyclists) <. / p>
in the city of Mexico is no exaggeration to say that cars are eating up the city, new developments built each time more space to park them.
the domination of cars does not exist always a friendly relationship between cyclists and motorists.
Gerardo Magana, motorist and cyclist on Thursdays, the day that your car does not run due to Hoy no Circula, says the main problem is the lack of empathy:
the little or no culture of us drivers because to only be driver does not have full awareness of all the bad choices we make when using our vehicles, as the “stand at the moment” in a place affects cyclists who have to open another lane to move forward.
Although there is a regulation that regulates transit transport, not everyone adheres to the letter …
for the director of Bicitekas the main obstacle for cycling in the city is on the one hand, the city of cars has some bike lanes, but no are connected.
on the side of the road culture, get a license management is quite simple. As indicated Martínez: “there is no type of examination to obtain, only purchases .” Although there is a traffic code that regulates transport, not everyone adheres to the letter. . .. even cyclists
it is quite common to see cyclists move in the opposite direction, on the sidewalks without vest or helmet, although the regulation and Manual suggest use. This does not help the cyclist image. According to Martinez “cyclists they are a reflection of the lack of road culture”, lack of urban infrastructure which requires “abnormal behavior” and impunity that permeates throughout the transit system.