• San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

City Summary

Within the state of Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende is located in Mexico’s hilly central highlands. It was included in UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 2008 and is known for its state of preservation, authenticity, and integrity. Within the city the bus system takes the largest share in transportation of people and reaches an extensive number of neighborhoods.

While walking has been always one of the most common modes of mobility in San Miguel de Allende, the City seeks to make it safer and more pleasant to walk and cycle. One major focuses of the City is to decrease the car dependency of intercity mobility, while giving priority to cyclists and pedestrians, and secondly to public transportation.

The city has consistently promoted mixed-use neighborhoods, which facilitates walking. The most convenient mode of travel in the city center is walking, especially after the implementation of pedestrian zone policy in some streets. Mobility challenges that the City needs to face include traffic congestion, air pollution, and the need to upgrade and improve public transportation systems in the city.

Targets/ Vision

The city of San Miguel de Allende is committed to promoting sustainable urban mobility within the city. The City has started efforts to ensure this transition while maintaining distinctive touristic characteristics. The Mobility Plan for the city of San Miguel de Allende (May 2017), and the Mobility Act for the State of Guanajuato (approved in March 2016), are considered the cornerstones of future mobility measures and targets in San Miguel.

Based on the Mobility Act, pedestrians’ well-being takes center stage, followed by cyclists, and then public transportation service. Under these two cornerstones, the targets of mobility are as follows:

  • Ensuring an efficient and integrated mobility system while minimizing motorized traffic flow in the historic centre through the construction of park and ride facilities with an integrated public transport system;
  • Providing a quality public transportation system (including night service) with proper geographic coverage;
  • Improving parking management features including park and ride facilities, parking meters with preferential rates for citizens, and public parking lots rate regulations;
  • Converting the tourist tram to a “hop on-hop off” system by developing more stops;
  • Replacing the bus fleet with newer, less polluting units, and for some routes with smaller vehicles;
  • Construction of peripheral ring to preventing heavy vehicles through neighborhoods and promote ecomobility;
  • Ensuring safe transit of pedestrians in sidewalks and walkways;
  • Promoting cycling by developing more cycling lanes and establishing a public bike rental system;
  • Awareness raising for ecomobility and coexistence of different modes of transport in the city.

Achieved results


  • Expansion of some sidewalks, mainly in the historic city center has promoted walkability within the city.
  • Improving sidewalk safety and quality conditions.
  • Created a large pedestrian zone in the historical city center.


  • Improvement of cycling existing routes which has promoted cycling.
  • Creation of first two km of exclusive cycling lanes.

Public Transport:

  • Developed 10 bus routes and bus fleet of more than 150 vehicles.

City Statistics

Population (2015)
Area (in sq. kms)

Modal split (2015)

  • Walking 34%
  • Cycling 1%
  • Public transport 41%
  • Personal Car 24%

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