In Manhattan, bicyclists have been an organized group for years, just like doormen and strap-hangers. Bike lanes have popped up along narrow, exhaust-filled, crowded streets. Bike paths connect various points and wind their way by the waterfront. And when I need to get a document from Madison Avenue to Broome Street, who else would I call but a bike messenger?
Bicyclists in Manhattan are thought of as cool, daring and athletic. In Mérida, biking is stigmatized, associated with something you do when you can’t afford a bus or a car.
But since September, “Un Auto Menos,” or “One Less Car,” has been pushing for change, according to Diario de Yucatán. Giving talks in schools and organizing weekly group rides from the Monumento a la Patria (which happens to be on a massive traffic circle), they advocate adequate road conditions and an overhaul of their image.
Bikes are outnumbered by motorized vehicles in Mérida, and the city does little to promote their use, unlike Mexico City and Guadalajara, the article reports. Now, how to squeeze a bike lane onto Calle 62.