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Rolling in Latam

According to the 2022 Cycling Cities Index, Santiago de Chile, São Paulo, Mexico City and Bogota stand out as the most bicycle-friendly cities in Latin America. In the evaluation of the cities, cycling infrastructure was taken into account, with Bogota's 608 kilometers of permanent bicycle lanes standing out.

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November 1, 2023.

This design seeks to portray, based on the current cycling road network, the Latin American cities that obtained the best positions in the Global Bicycle Cities Index in 2022. This ranking was prepared by Luko, an insurance company that, based on the promotion of cycling policies, identified the 90 cities in the world that provide a particularly friendly environment for the development of urban cycling.

The ranking reflects the challenges that cities must consider in order to ensure the welfare of people who practice cycling. This also implies rethinking the way in which other means of transport have historically been privileged and, therefore, public space has been adapted for their operation.

In Latin American contexts, urban planning remains a formidable challenge due to the rapid socio-demographic growth and largely unplanned development of cities. The criteria considered for ranking in the index are: percentage of bicycle use, crime and safety, infrastructure, citizen promotion events related to cycling and the number of bicycle rental/sharing stations.

The first 41 positions correspond to cities located mainly in Europe, Asia, and North America. On the other hand, the 4 highest ranked Latin American cities are: Santiago, followed by São Paulo, Mexico City and Bogota.

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Latin American cities only represent 7 of the 90 cities in the ranking, equivalent to 7.77% of the cities rated. In this context, Colombia stands out as the only Latin American country with more than one city in the ranking (Bogota, Cali and Medellin), which reflects its commitment to encourage and carry out actions that promote the use of bicycles as a healthy and sustainable means of transportation.

Bogota stands out for its extensive cycling infrastructure, with a total of 608 kilometers of permanent bicycle lanes crossing the entire city. However, the Colombian capital presents the most worrying statistics in terms of accidents (567 per 100,000 cyclists), fatalities (3 deaths per 100,000 cyclists) and safety score (50/100) compared to the other 4 cities considered in the design.

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