Buenos Aires is making it easier to ride a bicycle, with new lanes and an expansion of the city’s bike share system. The city has installed 60 km (37 miles) of new bike lanes in the busiest parts of the city, they aim to have 100 km total installed by the end of this year.
The city’s bike-share system, Bicing, has also grown to eleven stations, with 330 bikes, up from three stations and one hundred bikes when it launched in December of 2010. Today the bike share system has 9,000 registered users. The city reports that 90% of trips made during weekdays are for errands; on weekends most use the bikes for recreation. The system is currently free (pre-registration is required) and trips are limited to two hours maximum. This allows residents to try out cycling and see for themselves how efficient, convenient, and fun it can be.
The city also has a Bike to Work program. The program has mostly focused on the private sector, but recently the city raffled off bikes to city employees to encourage them to commute via bike as well.
ITDP continues to work in collaboration with the city government on all aspects of its bicycle program, providing technical, communications, and budgeting support.