Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Ciclovia in Mexico City

Mexico City government, headed by Chief of Government Marcelo Ebrard, has begun the Ciclo-Paseos, or “Cycle-Rides” program in designated streets of the country’s capital. The program encourages city inhabitants to walk, skate, or use bicycles to enjoy the city and promote non-polluting forms of transportation. The streets chosen consist of a circuit of 14 kilometers (8.7 miles) along the well known Reforma Avenue and others close to the historic city center so that the public can enjoy some of the cultural sites and activities along the ride. Motor vehicles are not allowed on those streets between 7:00 AM and 2:00 PM on Sundays. Many cities in the world have similar programs. Perhaps the best known is Bogotá, Colombia, with its more than 120 kilometers (74.6 miles) of streets that undergo this transformation every Sunday.


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