I recently travelled to Mexico City and quickly realized that the place is built like a labyrinth, the streets are circular which makes it a challenge to read a map and makes it easy to get lost...for hours. My second day there I walked on uneven sidewalks for about 13 kilometres trying to find my way around; many blisters and sore calves later...I discovered the Eco Bici!
ECOBICI is a public bike system in Mexico City that allows users to take a bicycle from any bike station and drop it off at the station nearest to their destination. The first 45 minutes of the day are free and then you pay a small fare depending on the time you use up. You can get an annual pass or temporary passes. It costs 90.00 pesos for a day pass, 180.00 for 3 days or 300.00 for a week and 400.00 for an annual pass.
All you need is to go in person with your ID and credit card to
1. Rosas Moreno 152B, Col. San Rafael, Cuauhtemoc CP 06470.
2. Campeche 175, Col. Roma Sur, Cuauhtemoc CP 06760.
Their hours are Monday- Friday from 9:00 to 18:00 and Saturday from 10:00 to 14:00 hours.
If you're nervous I recommend going out on a Sunday where traffic is more sparse so you can get a feel for the streets. It was a lot of fun riding around the city and is a really great way to explore, especially if you're in Condesa or Roma. I felt pretty safe on the streets and didn't run into any problems.
ECOBICI started out with 1,200 bikes and has now expanded to over 6,000 and it serves more than 100,000 urban cyclists. It's great to see these zero waste initiatives in large urban cities and hope that the program keeps growing.
Here's a link to the website for more information: https://www.ecobici.df.gob.mx/