These are the types of bike lanes in Mazatlan; No they are not all the same!

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The municipal mobility coordinator said that the bicycle represents only 3 percent of transportation in the city-

MAZATLAN. – Cycle paths are an excellent initiative to reduce pollution, improve fluidity, and evolve as a society towards a greener future. These facilitate efficient and safe transportation, also promote physical activity and reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions produced by automobiles.  

In recent years, Mazatlán has grown its infrastructure for cyclists, surely you have seen them on the tourist strip and in other urban areas of Mazatlán, but did you know that only some of them are bike lanes as such? According to Francisco Ramos Sánchez, coordinator of Mobility and Public Space of IMPLAN in the port, there are three types of infrastructure regarding the mobility of cyclists: bike path, cycle lane, and shared lane.  

“The bike paths were made precisely with that objective, to promote a type of sustainable mobility, something that here at IMPLAN we always promote. In fact, we could say that the bike lane exists, but we also have a bike lane and a shared lane.”  

Bikeway  

It is an exclusive space in the streets and avenues so that cyclists can travel without worrying about having a mishap with a car or a public transport vehicle. The objective of the bike paths is to provide the cyclist with a space free from the circulation of motorists.  


Which are?  

  • Avenida Del Mar 
  • Avenida Quirino Ordaz Coppel  
  • Avenida Óscar Pérez Escobosa 
  • Parque Kilómetro Cero 
  • Avenida Sábalo Cerritos 
  • Avenida Rafael Buelna  
  • Avenida de la Marina/ Carlos Canseco  
  • Avenida Cristóbal Colón

Cycle lane  

A cycle lane is recognized by the road markings that are painted on it with a speed limit of 30 kilometers per hour. In this type of bike lanes, cars cannot travel at the same speed as in the rest of the lanes of the street or avenue, in general in cities it is 50 kilometers per hour, but they have to travel at a maximum of 30. This is so that the difference in speed between bikes and other vehicles is less, and it is not so dangerous.  

Which are?  

  • Avenida Del Mar, Paseo Claussen  
  • Camarón Sábalo Avenue (Section 1) 
  • Camarón Sábalo Avenue (Section 2) 

Shared lane  

It is a lane that gives traffic priority to cyclists. But other vehicles can also drive on it. This space is marked with a green triangle and a bicycle in the center.  

Which are?  

  • Gutierrez Najera Avenue 
  • Camaron Sabalo Avenue  

These last two, despite the fact that they are designed to be shared, are not respected by motorists.  

The Mobility coordinator indicated that, in collaboration with Rueda Verde, they are looking for a way to increase the number of people who travel by bicycle, all through weekly rounds, where they also analyze the conditions of the roads to see in which areas they can to improve.  

“We work together with the Rueda Verde cycling collective, each week is a different route, and there we take advantage of it to analyze the conditions of the streets from the cyclist’s point of view.”  

What is transported in Mazatlan? 

Based on the 2020 INEGI Population and Housing Census, in Mazatlán, public transport is the most used mode of mobility, representing a percentage of 37 percent, over the 32 that it obtained from the car.  

Transport mode number of trips  Percentage  
Walking 94,033 28% 
Bike 10, 814 3% 
By public transport 124, 344 37% 
By car  106, 258 32% 
TOTAL  335, 449 100% 

Source: punto.mx

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