Cycling in Latin America

Bicycles have now gained popularity in Latin America’s leading cities and has been recognized as an effective way to combat challenges in traffic, air pollution as well as improving the life quality and creating more inclusive cities. Different strategies have been taken to promote non-motorized transport including cycling lanes, bike sharing and walking infrastructure.

“An estimated 450 million people live in Latin American cities and most face a daily struggle with traffic jams and air pollution caused by the growing number of motorized vehicles:  70% of CO2 emissions in urban areas originate from cars and motorcycles.”-World Bank

In Buenos Aires, Argentina, the bicycle lanes bicisenda and the bike sharing system with 200 stations where created and have now around 180,000 users ranking 14th in the Copenhagenize Index Bicycle-Friendly Cities.

Rosario, Argentina, implemented a bicycle promotion campaign and installed 100 kms of bycicle lanes making cycling 6.1% in the modal split. In Mexico City, the cycling infraestructure covers 35 km2 and has around 100,000 users. Finally, in Bogota, Colombia, the system is considered the largest in Latin America for over 40 years, inspiring the whole continent.


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Photo: World Bank