Tijuana to get a bike path


 

Every Sunday in Bogota, Colombia, the city’s main roads are cleared of cars so that residents can bike around downtown without fear of becoming roadkill.  I had the chance to join the bike carnival a few years ago during a vacation, and I returned to Tijuana thinking about the possiblities here.

Tijuana has some similar challenges – potholes, fickle drivers and tight spaces – which means its rare to encounter a bicyclist on the roads. One time, though, I was pleasantly surprise to see a group of perhaps 50 bicyclists zoom through a major intersection as I iddled at a red light. One of them had a shirt that said “Ciclopista Tijuana.” After an Internet search (see video above), I discovered this was part of an earnest movement in Tijuana to create more spaces for urban bikers.

The “Ciclopista Tijuana” group has learned that pedaling in large groups is the best way to ensure safety on the roads and make a public statement (Their Yahoo! groups page lists 111 members).  Now it appears their persistent and visible campaign has gotten some results. Tijuana-based Frontera reports that the city is beginning construction of a one-mile bike path overlooking the city’s canal. Unlike Bogota’s solution, it appears be geared more towards bike race training but it could be a pedal in the right direction. 

Note: Mexico City started a program like Colombia’s last year that reserves 20 miles of the city’s historic downtown streets for bicycles on Sundays. Los Angeles Times reporter Ken Ellingwood writes about it here.

 

YouTube video taken Aug. 3 of the Ciclopista Tijuana group by AdictusTJ

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5 responses to “Tijuana to get a bike path

  1. Tijuana, donde comienza latinoamerica te invita los Miercoles y Domingos a sus recorridos en Bicicleta.
    Miercoles 7 PM
    Domingo 8 AM
    CASCO OBLIGATORIO, Luces en el paseo nocturno.
    Todos los niveles de ciclistas son bienvenidos.

    Hagamos conciencia y respetemos a los automovilistas, para que ellos nos respeten a nosotros los ciclistas.

    Beto Arballo “AdictusTj”
    Ciclopista Tijuana

  2. Beto felicidades por promover la ciclop¡sta, así se hace amigo!!

  3. Thanks for the information, Beto! Gracias por la informacion…You guys are amazing road warriors. Uds. son unos luchadores increibles de la pista.

    Looks like readers can get in touch with Beto if they want to join the Tijuana bike rides that start at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and 8 a.m. on Sundays. Helmets are required!

  4. Hello acearley.

    Anyone who want to get in touch with me just send me a email beto_Arballo@hotmail.com
    We do bike rides 2 times a week, and that makes us one of the largest groups in Baja and I think in all Mexico.
    We also have different bike rides every weekend.
    On Friday nights we cross the border and go to Coronado, once again.. everyone is welcome.
    Just remember, helmet and ligths are a must.

    We see you in San Diego on the 31th.
    Critical Mass

  5. Hagamos conciencia de que somos muchos y por nuestra seguridad es necesario respetar los semaforos, circular de lado derecho y no invadir mas carriles para no molestar a los automovilistas, aquellos que llevan niños, deben cuidarlos y hacerlos circular en orden que los padres no se molesten si algo les dicen los guias es por su propia seguridad y la de nosotros mismos, ojala nunca tengamos accidentes, saludos a todos los compañeros y compañeras

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