Mexico City officials ordered to ride bikes to work

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Monday, April 02, 2007
By Yokota Fritz

Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard ordered city workers to commute by bike on the first Monday of each month. He reiterated his order last week, meeting with administration secretaries, sub-secretaries, and general directors and told them not to take his cycling program lightly.

The city will collapse if measures are not taken soon to make the roads more bike-friendly, Ebrard said. Ebrard said a primary goal is to demonstrate the viability of bicycles as a means of transportation in the city. He also said the city will soon build a bike station on the Eje Central specifically for city employees.

Regarding statements made by the city attorney general and public security secretary that they are reluctant to participate, Ebrard said everyone had to comply with the order.

"If they are opposed for reasons of security, then I´d suggest they don´t publicize the route they plan to take," Ebrard said. "Anyway, a big SUV is more visible than a bicycle."

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