Saturday, July 24, 2010

Mandating Bike Spaces

Move over car parking lots and make way for bicycles. It's part of the Mejor en Bici program in Buenos Aires - a city known its tango music, high crime, and of course, bike theft. The program is designed to force private parking lots availability or space for bicycles. The most important part of the program is the obligation for all private parking lots to offer 8 bike spots for every 50 vehicle spots they have, at a rate that can never be higher than 10% of the car fare.

This new government law aims to place 350 new bike racks all over the city and is announcing another 550 will be put to tender. The idea is to place these next to subway stations. They're also building parking facilities next to train stations, which will offer whole day parking for the very cheap price of one peso (about 25 US dollar cents), the first one next to major transport hub Constitucion.

It's good to see local governments try to reduce traffic congestion, pollution, and road rage. Next on the horizon would be a bike sharing program similar to London and Montreal.

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