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Lima bets on bicycle lanes
Cyclists on Av. Arequipa (Photo: Cesar Garcia/Andina)
July 29, 2011
The city of Lima will construct 200 kilometers of new bicycle paths and lanes, according to a report in Peru21.
While currently 0.5% of all trips in the city are conducted on a bike, the city's government hopes to increase that number to 4% over the next four years.
To begin with, the new bicycle lanes will be used to connect neighboring districts, such as Surco with Surquillo, and the Cercado with Breña and Pueblo Libre. Efforts to market the initiative will originally focus on the city's university and high school campuses.
It is estimated that there are 620,000 bicycles in the city, as well as some 120 kilometers of exisiting bicycle lanes. A pilot project in the district of Jesús María and Lince yielded positive results, but transportation planners say that the risk of theft has kept many people from buying a bicycle.
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