Mexico: Capital to Spend US$8.7M to Expand Bike Hire System

Mexico's federal district (DF) government plans to spend 116mn pesos (US$8.66mn) on the expansion of the Ecobici public bicycle hire system.

The Ecobici is designed as a complement to the city's public transport system. It currently operates in two boroughs and is used by more than 30,000 people.

The bicycle loan program will be rolled out to a further five areas in two phases, making it one of the largest in the continent, according to a city government release.

The proposed extension involves making 2,800 new bicycles available to cover 16.7km2, as well as integration with metro and suburban train stations. The expansion is expected to triple the system's number of users, according to the release.

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