In 2010 the city started the public bicycle program following the example of the pioneering cities in the world like Amsterdam or Copenhague. Despite initial skepticism, the program was accompanied by the enthusiasm of thousands of locals who today use the bike daily. But, can Buenos Aires become a cyclist-friendly city? Can bikes compete against private cars in ridership? These and other questions appear at the time of system peak.
These developments are part of a global trend of revitalizing modes alternative and healthier mobility in cities and especially in the large urban areas. Shared public bike systems have been developed in recent years and are present in an increasing number of cities (Bike Sharing Worldmap).
In BerecoLabs we have entered the public database of ‘Mejor en Bici’ program and try to answer them. The graph below shows the difference in the number of bikes delivered and received per station. The blue circles indicate places with more movement of cyclists (more bikes delivered and received), whereas the red dots illustrate the opposite situation, referring to more static stations.
Figure 1. Number of bikes delivered and received by station.
The cities of the XXI century are faced with the challenge of providing better quality of life in an increasingly depersonalized environment. Retrieving the public space for the enjoyment of its citizens is vital and making room for the bike, as a safe, healthy and friendly transport mode is key to this. Using all available information at a granular level to understand the evolution of the system will allow the authorities to redesign the system, to anticipate failures and to ensure sustained development.