Wednesday, January 06, 2016

By bicycle through Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires may still be many kilometers away from being a bicycle friendly European city, things are changing for the bicyclist.

First of all, there is the fact now that Buenos Aires has bicyclists, beyond the bicycle messengers. Secondly, you can even find special bicycle lanes (bicisendas), which are separate from the regular crazy traffic in Buenos Aires.  More than 150km of bicycle lanes have been added. Lastly, even the new trains have special bicycle cars. What a change from several years ago!

Both the bicisenda and metro bus were initiatives from then mayor, now president, Macri. Both improved the way people move throughout the city. The former obviously brought bicyclist to the city. The latter created lanes specific for city busses, allowing much faster commutes for many in the city.

I did not see any city bicycles, which you can rent, like in many European and now also US cities. Although from the city website, there is an EcoBici for rent.

With the already crazy traffic, I am curious what the accident rate is for the new bicyclists in the city.

For now, I’ll continue to use the great bus system and omni present taxis.

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