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FEATURE STORY

Cyclists Gain Prominence on Argentina’s Streets

November 29, 2012


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This habit, traditionally asociated with Amsterdam or Copenhague, is more frequent in Latina America's cities like Bogota, Buenos Aires, Santiago or Rio de Janeiro.

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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • 94 kilometers of bike paths have been built in Buenos Aires.
  • 8% of the trips in the city of Rosario are made by bicycle.
  • There are over 50,000 cyclists registered for the free bike hiring system in the capital.

It is a natural practice in Denmark and The Netherlands, and now it is becoming more common in Argentina: thousands of bikers commute daily among cars, buses and taxis.

This mean of transport has recently been rediscovered in the country. The bike has the benefits of being healthy, economical, and environmentally friendly, because it doesn’t produce greenhouse gases or contribute to noise pollution.

The use of bicycles is also being encouraged by the Government of the City of Buenos Aires since 2010, mainly through the construction of 94 kilometers of bike paths and a free bike sharing system. Currently, over 50,000 registered cyclists can use 700 yellow bicycles parked at 23 strategic points in the city.

"I enjoy biking, especially in sunny days. To get to the office, I combine train and bicycle. I make a modest contribution to the environment and mental health of the suffered porteños", says Cecilia, who works in Leandro Alem and Corrientes, in the center of the argentine capital.

The cities of Rosario and Cordoba are following the trend supported by the World Bank through the Global Environmental Facility (GEF). Rosario is currently the city with the largest amount of bike lanes per capita in Argentina (43 km/1,100,000 people) and it is estimated that about 8% of the trips are made by bike. 


" I enjoy biking, especially in sunny days. To get to the office, I combine train and bicycle. "

Cecilia

Cyclist

In Rosario the goal is to have the first automated bike-sharing system, which will be initially funded by the GEF project.

Moreover, in Cordoba the goal is to increase the current bike paths’ connectivity to the main attraction centers. The GEF project will add 34 kilometers more to the current network of 100 km.


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