Sunday, August 3 began the first day of a weekly temporary bike lane in Panama City! Every Sunday bicycle riders will be able safely ride from Panama Viejo to Cinta Costera from 6:00 am to 12:00 pm. There will also be three complementary hydration points along the way.
The weekly event is known as Ciclovia Panama and it is being organized by the Alcaldia de Panama and the group Movimiento Ciclistas en las Calles de Panama (MCCP). MCCP is a group that looks to promote bicycle ridership in Panama City and they also meet every Wednesday for a group bike ride on the streets.
Now is a good time to invest in a bike
I am very excited about this initiative and am going to start looking into buying a bicycle. I used to ride my bike pretty frequently back home in Louisville, KY to go to class on campus and for exercise. Since I have moved to Panama I have rented a bike a few times but it’s something I wish I could do more often. I don’t have a car so for me to go from San Francisco to Cinta Costera would normally mean trying to ride a bike alongside Panama City’s aggressive drivers. Now at least every Sunday I will have a bike lane available so I think now is a good time to invest in a bike.
Is this the start to bigger things for cyclists in Panama?
People are buying cars like crazy in Panama City and I have watched the traffic get worse and worse because of this. If there were bike lanes or proper ramped sidewalks that bikes could be ridden on, it could help to alleviate some of the traffic and provide an alternative for people who do not have cars. I work from home now but when I used to commute to work using the bus or taxi it would take around 45 minutes to go from San Francisco to El Cangrejo because the traffic was so bad. Based on the distance, if I was able to ride a bike I would have been able to get there in 15 – 20 minutes.
Hopefully by initiating a bike lane on Sundays this will be the start to bigger things for cyclists in Panama.
Will you be out this Sunday riding your bike? Also, where is the best place to buy a bike in Panama? Leave a comment below: