Do you like to cruise around on your bike?! Do you want to explore Buenos Aires on bicycle? If so, then you’re in luck because cycling in Buenos Aires has never been more popular!
Over the last few years, the City of Buenos Aires has opened new bike paths throughout the city. Besides being a great way to cut down on traffic and pollution, the bike paths are perfect for exploring Buenos Aires’ cool neighborhoods by pedal-power. As many visitors may already know, cycling in Buenos Aires is a great way to get to know the city at your own pace!
Buenos Aires ciclovias, or bike lanes, are located throughout the city and have become a big hit with both locals and tourists alike. Introduced in 2009, today the city has more than 130 km (81 miles) of separated bike paths and has construction underway in many more areas to add to the current network. While the idea of bikes as a method of transportation is still somewhat new to residents, cycling in Buenos Aires is quickly becoming more commonplace, much like it is in large cities in Europe.
The rise in popularity of the city’s new bike lanes has been aided, in large part, by the city government’s simultaneous introduction of a public bike share program. EcoBici, which allows people to rent and return a bike from any of the strategically located rental stations around the city, has quickly transitioned into a very popular transportation alternative. Locals and ex-pats find these bikes a great way to get into the city center without having to take a bus, subway or train. What’s more is that these bikes are absolutely free to use and are available from 8am to 8pm during the week and 9am to 3pm on Saturdays. Tourists interested in using the bike sharing program simply need to show their original passport and provide a photo copy as a form of insurance.
For those who like to bike, but also want to learn about the colorful history and culture of Buenos Aires, consider taking a guided bike tour. English and Spanish speaking guides will steer you through the winding streets of Buenos Aires, all the while sharing interesting anecdotes and historical facts about the neighborhoods. The bike tours visit historic, eclectic and trendy neighborhoods of Palermo, San Telmo, Recoleta, La Boca, Puerto Madero as well as some of the city parks and lakes in greater Buenos Aires.
Whether you choose to take advantage of the city’s free bike share program, rent a bike from a private service, or opt for a Buenos Aires bike tour, cycling in Buenos Aires is an activity the whole family will enjoy. Keep in mind, you may add a Buenos Aires bike tour to any Say Hueque itinerary, and with a day’s notice you will be pedaling like a local!
Written by Will Collier