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Bicycle Lane Network in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires. Non-Motorized Transportation Project.

Bicycle Lane Network in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires. Non-Motorized Transportation Project.

By Council of the Environmental Urban Plan (CoPUA)

Adaptation project to the existing road system for the creation of a network of lanes for cycling as a mode of transport, attending to a general accessibility based on pedestrian use, the promotion of collective public transport (surface and underground) and in the rational use of private motor transport.

Autonomous City of Buenos Aires - gobBsAs

Project summary

Location

- City of Buenos Aires - Argentina (202 km2)
- Approx. 2,800,000 inhabitants

Organism

- Council of the Urban Environmental Plan - Government of the City of Buenos Aires

Innovation

Adaptation project to the existing road system for the creation of a network of lanes for cycling as a mode of transport, attending to a general accessibility based on pedestrian use, the promotion of collective public transport (surface and underground) and in the rational use of private motor transport.

Description

Buenos Aires, during the last five years, developed a strategy for the conditioning of public space -in parks, sidewalks and streets- for the progressive incorporation of the use of bicycles (53 kms). The latest actions have been focused on testing the operation of preferential lanes in areas with higher traffic flow (19 kms). Based on this, the expansion of the subway network (in execution, and the experience gathered on recreational bicycle paths, a General Plan is promoted for the daily incorporation of the bicycle as a mode of transport in the city, in accordance with the conditions general areas of the metropolitan area (9 million inhabitants), the metropolitan and local transfer centers in the city, the resident population and the main accesses from the six (6) neighboring municipalities.

The City of Buenos Aires encourages the development of this strategy to reduce the negative impact on the environment and public space of high mobility in private cars with a low average occupancy rate of 1.2 people per vehicle. Environmental problems due to mobility can be divided into 3 categories, the contribution to global emissions (greenhouse gases), local air pollution (automobile) and quality of life (noise, vibrations and degradation of public space). The resolution of these problems mainly involves stimulating the use of public transport and introducing environmentally sound techniques, technologies and energy.

The road infrastructure of the Metropolitan Area is made up of the Federal Capital and the various urban and rural traffic routes of the Province of Buenos Aires, both in national, provincial, municipal and concessioned jurisdictions. The total length of the network is approximately 25,000 km. The city's road network, which can be considered integrated by a primary, secondary, and local or neighborhood road network, comprises 20,113 blocks and 910 passages, with a total extension of 2,500 km.

The introduction of the bicycle as a mode of transport promotes environmentally efficient conditions, with an adequate network of lanes it will help to satisfy the potential demand and the traffic conditions will be improved -both in terms of volume as well as better general passability on the avenues-.

The initiative seeks the safest possible circulation between the residence and the transfer centers and the work, education, shopping and recreation centers, inviting the use of the neighborhood streets and avenues to young people and related age groups to move to the different points of interest in the city.

Initiator

- Council of the Urban Environmental Plan

Duration

- From 2003 to 2007

Descriptors

- Bicycles / cycle lanes / mode of transport
- Non-motorized transport / sustainable mobility

Stakeholders

- All citizens (of the City of Buenos Aires and Greater Buenos Aires)

General objectives

- Encourage the use of bicycles as a mode of transportation throughout the City of Buenos Aires.
- Offer the option of commuting by bicycle in a comfortable, safe, direct and attractive way, in accordance with the potential demand for commuting in urban space.
- Reduce atmospheric and noise pollution, the congestion of public roads by motor vehicles and promote the improvement of the quality of life.
- Contribute to improving the environmental conditions of the public space.
- Accompany the process of decentralization of the city.

Global Goal

- Reach 5% of daily trips in 2007.

Network elements

164 km of exclusive lanes
132 km of preferential lanes
255 km of streets with slow traffic (19 km2)
12 metropolitan connections
parking in all commercial garages
parking in customer service activities
bicycle racks on public roads
Bicycle Service Units
Information system
Signaling System

Accessibility of the Exclusive Lanes (activities up to 400 meters from the axis of the track)

- Resident Population: 2,411,786 inhabitants (81%)
- Employment: 632,504 jobs (89%)
- Public and Private Universities: 43 establishments (95%)
- Middle and Tertiary Level Schools and Institutes: 519 establishments (86%)
- Squares and Public Parks: 1,376 hectares (81%)
- Public Sports Centers: 13 (65%)

Advantages of the Network

- Greater road safety
- Increase in road capacity
- Speed ​​improvements
- Congestion Reduction
- Diversified sustainable mobility.

* Work team

Manuel Ludueña, Coordination / María José Leveratto, Research / Martín Scoppa, Geographic Information / Alejandro Ambrosone, Graphic Design / María Antonia Kaul, Website.

Contact and Information

Address Carlos Pellegrini 291, 8vo, (CP 1013) Buenos Aires - Argentina

Telephone +54 011 4328 4847

E-mail [email protected]
Information www.buenosaires.gov.ar


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