Buenos Aires is “better on bike”
Chief of Government of the City of Buenos Aires, Mauricio Macri, on a "Better on Bike" bicycle C40 Cities are leading the way on establishing urban cycling infrastructure and programs. Indeed, when it comes to climate initiatives in the transport sector, this is where Cities are taking the most action.
The City of Buenos Aires is no exception. Its “Better on Bike ” program is growing fast since launching in 2010. Working in partnership with the C40/Clinton Climate Initiative Cities Program and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, the City now has a 70 km-network of protected bike lanes featuring more than 20 stations; and a bike-share scheme involving more than 1,100 bikes.
Uptake by the public has been strong. There are now 22,300 registered bike-share users – and the total number of cyclists in the City has doubled. Residents are now using bikes for recreation as well as commuting purposes, following initiatives to get people to bike to work and school. Many local companies are supporting these efforts by providing facilities for cyclists like bike parking, maps and information; some have even launched programs to help employees purchase bicycles.
“Providing low-cost and low-carbon means of transportation is one of the top priorities of the current administration,” says Andres Fingeret, C40/CCI City Director. Indeed, the issue resonates with local residents, who value the improvements in air quality, congestion and mobility that increased bike transport can bring. In his recent election campaign, Buenos Aires Mayor Mauricio Macri highlighted the success of the bike program and the intention to expand bike lane construction to 100 km in 2011 – and double that number to 200 km by 2014.