Cycling in Buenos Aires, Part 1Posted: July 1, 2013
Buenos Aires appears to be a city waking up to cycling. The terrain is flat, the climate mild, and traffic jams and gridlock can stretch for miles. Cycling makes sense as a way to get around. In the last few years, the city government has installed miles of protected two way cycle tracks that extend into many different neighborhoods.
Given this is a recent development, cycling appears to be just beginning to catch on. Because of the intensity of the car traffic, it may take some additional building of protected infrastructure to make cycling available and appealing to more Porteños (a resident of BA).
There is a particular style to the bikes here: most people ride single speed beach cruisers with particularly tall, swept back handlebars. There is also a preponderance of folding bikes (perhaps David Byrne has something to do with this?) Less common but still observed are mountain bikes, fixies, and heavy duty delivery bikes.
Here are a few photos I’ve taken so far. More to come.