Mexico City’s government has introduced a brand new eco friendly transport solution – the EcoBici. I hadn’t seen any of these bicycle stations till yesterday, but having seen one, I soon stumbled across another. And another. There are 47 stations in all. The system is a simple one. Buy a card and use it to release bikes from their moorings. Return bike to a station.
It sounds good, but I have a couple of reservations. For one, it’s not terribly cheap. Not expensive, but not cheap. And a lot of people in this city are excluded if something isn’t cheap. In fact a lot of people are excluded if it isn’t free. Secondly, the sort of people who do have the money are perhaps the sort of people who would turn their nose up at the idea – snobbery is alive and well in DF. If the authorities can’t convince a fairly sizable chunk of the population that the metro isn’t just for ‘poor people’…. but then I could be wrong. I hope I’m wrong. I may yet get myself a card and use it.