Bogotá's Bike Paths Network

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A bike path in Los Mártires

Bogotá is the Americas city with the most extensive and comprehensive network of bike paths with a total of 564 kilometers at year 2022.[1] Bogotá’s bike paths network or Ciclorrutas de Bogotá in Spanish, designed and built and is also one of the most extensive in the world.[2]

The design of the network was made taking into consideration the morphology and topography of the city. This is, from north to south the city has a flat topography and from east to west the city has varying degrees of inclination.

A mesh concept was applied for the theoretical plan of the network because it presented greater versatility and adaptation given that the road network was designed as a grid plan with streets going from south to north and from east to west. The network was also integrated with the TransMilenio bus system which has bicycle parking facilities.

Network hierarchy[edit]

Arbour and bike path on Rio Juan Amarillo

A network hierarchy was determined following the criteria above.

  • Main Network: connects the main centres of the city in a direct and expeditious manner, for instance connecting the main work and education centers with the most populated residential areas, and receiving the flow from secondary networks.
  • Secondary Network: leads riders to the main network, it connects housing centers and attraction centres and parks with the main network.
  • Complementary Network: links and provides continuity to the network. It consists of additional bike paths that are required to complete the mesh system and to distribute bicycle traffic on specific areas. It includes a recreational network, local networks and a system of long green areas.

Bike paths' impact on city life[edit]

Since the construction of the bike paths, bicycle use has quintupled in the city. There were 635,431 trips made daily in Bogotá by bicycle in 2015, corresponding to a modal share of 4.28%.[3] A large portion of this use is in southern, poorer areas.

The bike paths are an ongoing project. Many segments are still not connected to the main network. In some parts, they are placed on the sidewalk in a way that puts pedestrians and cyclists in competition.


Year 2016[edit]

Route Road Description Length (km)
R2 Norte-Quito-Sur from Av. del Ferrocarril with Calle 179 - Av. Ciudad de Quito - to Transversal 30 26.5
R3 Carrera 17 from Los Héroes - Calle 26 - Av. Los Comuneros to Calle 27 Sur 11.8
R4 Av. Constitución from Calle 170 along Canal Córdoba - Av. Constitución - Fucha River - to Carrera 30 24.1
R5 Tc. Av. Boyacá from Calle 80 to Av. El Dorado 4.2
R5 Av. Boyacá from Av. El Dorado to Av. Villavicencio 20.3
R6 Av. Las Villas from Calle 170 - Carrera 66 - Diag. 126 - to Av. Ciudad de Cali 7.6
R7 Carrera 19 from Carrera Séptima along Calle 161- Carrera 19 - to NQS 12.4
R8 Av. Ciudad de Cali from Calle 170 to Bosa 21.8
R9 Av. Longitudinal de Occidente (ALO) Torca Toll gate to Autopista del Sur 24.2
R10 Carrera 50 - Transversal 47 from Calle 63 - Carrera 50 - Av. Américas - Transv. 47 - Transv. 44 to Bogotá River  11.1
R12 Av. 13 Sur from Av. 13 sur - Calle 54ª sur - Parque Barranquillita 11.2
R13 Av. Villavicencio from Av. Ciudad de Cali to Av. Caracas 10.2
R14 Av. San José from Carrera Séptima to Av. Longitudinal de Occidente 10.1
R15 Calle 134 - Calle 138 from Carrera Séptima to Autopista Norte and Autopista Norte to Av. Las Villas 5.5
R17 Tc. Calle 80 from Bogotá River to connect R17 1.8
R17 Calle 80 from Los Héroes to Bogotá River 10.3
R18 Tc. Calle 63 from Carrera 13 to Av. Ciudad de Quito 1.9
R18 Calle 63 from Av. Ciudad de Quito to Engativá 12.4
R19 Tc. Calle 26 from Carrera 5ª Universidad de los Andes to Av. Ciudad de Quito 3.8
R19 Avenida El Dorado from Av. Ciudad de Quito to A.L.O 8.7
R20 Canal Arzobispo -
Diagonal 53
from Carrera Séptima - Av. Ciudad de Quito - Canal del Arzobispo - Diag. 53 to Simón Bolívar Park 5.2
R22 Tc. Avenida Jiménez from Carrera 5ª to Av. Ciudad de Quito 2.9
R22 Calle 13 (Av. Centenario) from Av. Ciudad de Quito to Bogotá River 12.0
R23 Tc Calle 34 from Carrera Séptima to Av. Ciudad de Quito 1.9
R23 Avenida de las Américas from Av. Ciudad de Quito to Bogotá River 17.7
R24 Av. Los Comuneros from San Victorino - to Av. de las Américas 5.4
R25 Av. del Ferrocarril from Av. Ciudad de Lima to Av. Ciudad de Villavicencio 9.4
R28 Av. La Hortúa from Carrera Séptima to Carrera 30 3.5
R29 Calle 27 Sur from Carrera Séptima to Carrera 30 3.0
  Total 300.9

Year 2022[edit]

Bogotá currently has more than 600 kilometers of bike paths and various projects under construction and design to expand this network, such as "CicloAlameda Medio Milenio",[4] "Corredor Verde de la 7ma"[5] and "Transmilenio Avenida 68".[6]

Year 2023[edit]

As of 11/5/2023 Bogotá has 623 km of bike paths.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bogotá and Cali, the cities with the most kilometers of bike paths 2022". Google Docs (in Spanish). 2022-02-25. p. 1. Retrieved 2022-09-28.
  2. ^ Woods, Sarah (2012). Colombia. Bradt Travel Guides. p. 123. ISBN 9781841623641. Bogotá also has one of the most extensive cycleways (ciclorutas) on the planet
  3. ^ "Encuesta de Movilidad 2015". Google Docs (in Spanish). Alcaldía Mayor de Bogotá. 2016-10-18. p. 28. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  4. ^ "Así será la ciclo alameda Medio Milenio, la troncal para bicicletas que construirá el Distrito". Infobae (in Spanish). Infobae. 2020-11-05. p. 1. Retrieved 2022-09-28.
  5. ^ "Séptima Verde". Alcaldía de Bogotá (in Spanish). Alcaldía de Bogotá. 2022-09-05. p. 1. Retrieved 2022-09-28.
  6. ^ "Troncal Avenida 68 en obra". Alcaldía de Bogotá (in Spanish). Alcaldía de Bogotá. 2022-09-05. p. 1. Retrieved 2022-09-28.
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