Mexico City's efforts to clean the air and be pedestrian friendly
10/08/2014 - 11/05/2014
During our month-long stay in Mexico City, Chad and I ventured out along with tens of thousands every Sunday to walk, run and take in a little cardio kick-boxing or dance class. "Muévete en Bici” closes off approximately 15 miles of city streets that are taken over by energetic Mexicans of all ages and often their dogs.
Exercise stations along Paseo de la Reforma keep everyone motivated and feeling welcome, including this one for dancing.
In a city with some of the worst air pollution in the world, Mexico City's efforts to minimize car traffic and encourage exercise seems like a hit. The bike sharing system "Eco Bici" is in such demand in the area we stayed, the couple of times we wanted to use it no bikes were available. Additionally, Mexico City has a policy that limits car travel: each car has a colored sticker that indicates the one day a week that car cannot enter the city center. This is a step that other world cities (ahem, New York) has not made yet.
I found Mexico City's streets and transportation systems incredibly easy to navigate. Albeit some streets were more treacherous than others. Someone said that pedestrians of Mexico City's streets are "sobrevivientes" or survivors. At least there is a warning: