EcoBici is the bicycle sharing system launched in February 2010 by the government of Mexico City. Initially launched with 85 docking stations and 1,000 distinctive red and white liveried bicycles, the network has since expanded and as of September 2013 stands at 276 stations with 4,000 bicycles.
The system is run by a private company, Clear Channel, but funded by the government with an initial investment of 75 million pesos (US$5,750,000). Users of the system are required to purchase an RFID card at a cost of 400 pesos (US$30) which will provide them with access to the bicycles for one year. For tourists, a 7 day card can be obtained for 300 pesos, a 3 day card for 180 pesos, and a single day card for 90 pesos. Use of a bicycle is free for the first 45 minutes; extra charges are applied for use beyond this time limit.
From September 2012 until December 2012, the system expanded from an area covering 6.8 square kilometres to one covering 21 km2, which would bring the estimated number of users from 30,000 in September 2012 to 100,000. And indeed, statistics from August 2013 showed 95,780 members registered; daily ridership averaged 25,000, versus 14,000 in December 2012; monthly ridership averaged 400,000.
By October 2013, the system covered the areas:
- Historic center (Centro Histórico)
- part of Colonia Guerrero
- Colonia Tabacalera
- Colonia San Rafael
- Colonia Cuauhtémoc
- Colonia Juárez including the Zona Rosa
- Colonia Roma Norte and Colonia Roma Sur
- San Miguel Chapultepec
In February 2014 it was announced that the system would be extended (Phase IV) with 2600 additional cycles and 170 new stations in the Benito Juárez borough, in the area bordered by Viaducto, Avenida Cuauhtémoc, Circuito Interior and Avenida Revolución, covering the colonias:
- Ciudad de los Deportes
- Del Valle Centro, Norte, and Sur
- Extremadura Insurgentes
- San Pedro de los Pinos
- "EcoBici" (in Spanish). EcoBici. Retrieved 2011-01-17.
- Jesús de León Torres (September 2013). "Nuevas estaciones de EcoBici" [New EcoBici stations]. km0 (in Spanish).
- "North America's Newest and Largest Year-round Service Opens in México City". MetroBike. Retrieved 2011-01-17.
- "Gobierno del Distrito Federal concluirá administración con 42 km de ciclovías (in spanish)". Excelsior. Retrieved 2012-07-17.
- Karla Mora (9 September 2013). "Aumenta el número de usuarios de Ecobici" [Number of Ecobici riders increases]. El Universal.
- Ecobici map, retrieved October 2, 2013
- "Expandirán Ecobici en 22 colonias de Benito Juárez" [Ecobici to expand to 22 neighborhoods in Benito Juárez borough] (in Spanish). El Universal. 2014-02-19.
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