CicloRutas Transform Bogotá into a Bicycle-Friendly City

Colombia’s capital Bogotá has made it safe and easy to travel by bicycle to work or school by creating a 376-kilometer grid of bike paths, called CicloRutas.


Bogotá has created a 376-kilometer (km) grid of bicycle-only lanes to promote cycling as a low-cost, zero-emission means of transport in the traffic-riddled city. The CicloRutas or bicycle routes interconnect the city center, residential areas, TransMilenio bus stations, and parks and attractions.

CicloRutas have made it safe and faster to travel by bicycle in Bogotá. Average speed on a CicloRuta is 17 kilometers per hour (km/h), compared with 13 km/h for public transit during the rush hour. As a result, bicycle usage has increased to 5% by 2010 from less than 1%. The city’s transportation department estimates that about 450,000 trips are made on the bicycle routes every day.

Project snapshot

  • 1996: Start of project under Mayor Antanas Mockus
  • 1998: Bogotá's 1998-2001 Development Plan - Under Mayor Enrique Peñalosa, CicloRuta project is an integral part of the plan under the Mobility chapter.
  • 1999: Cycle Routes Master Plan
  • 2000: 180 km of bike paths
  • 2001: Expansion - Cicloruta expansion plan launched for Secondary Network
  • 2006: Mobility Master Plan
  • 2011: Continued expansion
  • $50.25 million: Initial investment for the study, design, and construction in 1996
  • $147,000: Initial cost per kilometer for construction in 1996
  • $2 million ($2.1 million in 2012): The city of Bogotá spent for maintenance of the CicloRuta network in 2010
  • Executing agency
    • Mayor’s Office
  • Financing
    • City government: Grant from the World Bank in 1996 for the first CicloRuta lanes
  • Management
    • Instituto de Desarrollo Urbano: IDU, Urban Planning Department in English

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   Colombia, Environment, Transport
   Last updated: May 2016



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