Biking Around Mexico City, The New Transportation Alternative
Alternative means of exploring Mexico City.
A great initiative launched by the local government is called EcoBici, which lets you rent a bicycle for 45 minutes. The cost is just 27 USD for a whole year and this year they have updated the system so you can rent EcoBici’s temporarily which is great for visiting tourists.
The bicycle is being promoted as a means of transportation in Mexico City, with 32 kilometers of bike lanes being created in the most popular zones like Polanco, La Condesa and Roma Norte, which have EcoBici stations and plenty of spots offering bike parking. Restaurants and cafes are doing their part in having places to park your bicycle.
Traffic is one of the big hurdles for tourists, you can get stuck for an hour if they move around in a cab in Mexico City, but the bicycle represents a great way to explore sites that are difficult to catch if you are inside a car.
Also, there are routes that only locals use like a bike lane near the Tamayo Museum, which takes you behind both the Anthropology and Tamayo Museums going straight into Polanco. Here is a visual bike view of Paseo Gandhi that I did with Mapillary.
Bicycle + Parks = local view
So if you want to experience the parks that Mexico City has to offer a bicycle is a great way to see and move around them if you do not have a lot of time to spend exploring their surroundings.
Polanco has a network of parks that are connected with an internal bicycle lane, which is a great way to experience how local residents from one of the richest communities in Mexico live.
All of Paseo de la Reforma has bike lanes that connect from Polanco all the way to Alameda Central park in the city center. So you can see people in their suits commuting to their office and students heading over to their school.
- Bring your helmet and bicycle gloves.
- Download the EcoBici app so you have the routes, even if you do not rent them.
- Check out http://bicitekas.org/ for dates on bike days.
- Also, if you are spending Sunday in the City, make sure to do the Cicloton CDMX. You can see a visual map of the cicloton here.