MOIA Mobility Championship: ¡Hoy no Cirula! 5 Mobility Facts about Mexico City

Mexico: Home of hot cuisine, breathtaking beaches, Mayan ruins and exciting music. Many have these tourist ideas about Central America, but not many people know what it looks like on the streets of the capital of Mexico.

Get to know more about traffic in Mexico City  - we're moving on to our MOIA Mobility Championship. Here are five mobility facts about Mexico City.

 

1. Number  one in air pollution: A sad title in the history of Mexico City

They held the top position for several years, but nobody in Mexico City cheered about this "world championship title". In 1992 Mexico City was named the city with the highest air pollution in the world for the first time. After all, the situation in Mexico City has improved bit by bit over the past decades. Intensive mobility measures, such as the car-free weekday, and investments in the metro network, which was at times one of the largest and most efficient in the world, have at least somewhat defused the situation.

 

2. Hoy no Circula

The "Hoy no Circula" program is simple and effective at first glance. Once a working week inhabitants of Mexico City have to leave their car at home. Initial successes have been noted, but unfortunately only the symptoms are combated with this regulation. Those who can afford it, simply drive their other car on the day one car has to stop. Many citizens of the city see no other option than to drive to work alone by car, as the public transport system - in popular opinion - is not yet sufficiently developed.

 

3. Attractions paralyze the traffic

Among the more beautiful things in Mexico City are the so-called floating gardens of Xochimilco. Although this part also reminds of a Mexico City, in which the traffic was not yet that big a problem, this place, which is especially popular with tourists, causes regular traffic jams. The situation is similar with football. The Mexicans enjoy an active football culture, but here too the traffic network capitulates due to the high load.  In addition, two national football championships are played in Mexico every year. The football fan in us cheers at the thought, but only if you don't have to travel to the games by car.

 

4. 2,500 traffic policemen on duty

In action films, the post of traffic policeman is often presented as unspectacular and boring. In Mexico City it is certainly deemed one of the tougher job amongst the police forces. 2,500 policemen come to the field every day and act as strict referees in road traffic. The Policía de Tránsito is another sign that Mexico City is literally defending itself with its bare hands  against the crushing burden of city traffic. Unfortunately, however, there have always been setbacks in the effort to give Mexico City back to the people.

 

5. Buses and bikes as traffic jam breakers

As tense as the situation has been in the past decades, Mexico City never tires of fighting for the city to be a place for the people. 450 million dollars were invested in the program called "Metrobus”. In 2006, 212 sustainable buses on line 1 replaced  372 old buses and significantly accelerated traffic. There are now seven Metrobus lines. Opposite the technical side is the pure muscle power of the individual inhabitant. As in many German cities, Mexicans regularly pedal rental bikes. The so-called red and white "Ecobici" play an important part in Mexico City's recovery.   With a total of 6,500 and 452 stations, Mexico City offers the fifth largest bike sharing network in the world, increasing the use of bicycles in the city by 35% in the last five years.