Did you also believe that the car was the most comfortable and efficient for mobility in the city? Taking into account the constant fatalities, unrestrained pollution, hours lost in traffic jams, and the exorbitant costs of their property; The use and possession of a private car in any city are not only a bit expensive but rather useless. We share five compelling reasons for you to reflect on how convenient this vehicle is for your mobility in the city and, once and for all, decide to use the bike for your transportation.
You will not waste time in traffic or looking for where to park the car. It is not for being a pooper, but, not to go further, your car is already a machine of the past that, as time progresses becomes more expensive and obsolete every day. That idea of convenience, efficiency and status symbol that our grandparents said he brought with him the car. It simply does not exist anymore, it ended with the increase in fuels and the constant vehicular chaos that the largest cities around the world live daily.
And the figures regarding traffic in the city are not encouraging, because according to data from the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt) and the Economic and Social Council of the CDMX (CES-CDMX), only in the Metropolitan Area 7 million 490 thousand cars are registered in the Valley of Mexico, of which, just over 5.6 million circulate daily, making mobility in the city a torment for drivers.
The torment that costs motorists in Mexico City, the worst traffic in the world according to TomTom Trafic Index, 227 hours of their lives wasted in traffic jams. Imagine what you could do with those 227 hours; It’s 9 and a half days that you could use to exercise, read, go on vacation, go out with friends, make that love conquest a reality; I don’t know, but anything is better than being stuck in traffic with no possible way out, while breathing carbon dioxide for 227 hours of your life every year.
And what about the parking lot?
Well, they are not far from figures that will take away more than the hopes in the car.
It is common for any motorist to arrive at his appointment complaining that he circled for more than 15 minutes while looking for somewhere to park. When they pay for parking, the complaints are greater. As it turns out, this is no longer as cheap as it used to be. Since according to the Federal Consumer Prosecutor’s Office, the hourly rates, observed during an inspection of 84 public parking lots in Mexico City, range from the lowest with a cost of $ 6MXN in some shopping centers to the highest of $ 80 MXN in certain hotels. If you have to park for 8 hours, 5 days a week, because it not only took away your hope but also a good slice of your fortnight.
And not to mention the parking place that the franelero separates in the public space. This, in addition to expensive (minimum 35 pesos a day), is subject to the mood of the coming comes; that has bribed the crane; that he does not take your car through the marshes or in the best case that he does not use it to smoke his touch in the middle of the morning.
Forget about the unpunctuality of public transport and the tumult of people. Let’s not get picky and let’s put aside the issue of bad smells, filthy minibus seats and pushes to get on or off it. However, we are all clear that public transport in our cities is inefficient, in many cases, expensive, insufficient and in 99.9 percent of cases, dangerous.
The above is due to the cafre that is sitting behind the wheel while texting ; charging the ticket; throwing the sheet to the other vehicles (including cyclists); listening to the Panda Show , and flaunting of its multifunctionality, have time to shout that “you walk through in the middle and you recorras because back, there is still room, and you, you hinder.”
In the case of Mexico City, users spend at least 88 minutes per day when traveling; 30 percent take more than two hours; while waiting 11 minutes at the various stations, and 14 percent wait more than 20 minutes to access some other type of public transport. And it is to be expected if we take into account that for example, the Metro of Mexico City transports 1.6 million users daily, through 12 lines through 195 stations and on trains, where some are more than 50 years old.
3. Physical and mental health
The bike takes you wherever you go, on your own terms and something important for your body: your effort is its fuel. Look that this vehicle uses a lot of calories to work.
Likewise, use the bicycle for 150 minutes a week, in addition to breaking the sedentary lifestyle that modernity has imposed on us; it will increase your energy; It will improve your sleep patterns; increase your resistance to disease; you will be able to control your weight and, it will have a significantly positive impact on your mental health and the general mood of your person.
Instead, with the car, your mood declines, more if it is rush hour. You will also be prone to bad mood and overweight due to lack of exercise and your energy will walk on the floor. Very different from the benefits of the bike, right?
And if we talk about your physical integrity, things get worse. It turns out that it is easier to get involved in a fatal event driving a car, than a bicycle. You do not believe me? The figures prove it. In our country, traffic accidents involving a car exceed deaths due to violence and by far; costing us all 1.7 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which translates into about 15 billion pesos that are lost in this item every year.
A bike is cheaper to buy and maintain than a car, and you’ll save on fuel and parking.
A study by the Chamber of Deputies, General Directorate of Documentation, Information and Analysis Services (DGSDIA), states that each person in Mexico allocates 3.4 percent of their income to the purchase of gasoline. About 5 thousand 336 pesos a month – in salaries that only a small percentage of the population has – to buy 358.94 liters of gasoline per year, which is what an average driver uses in the country.
On the other hand, the bicycle does not use gasoline; you don’t spend on verification, license plates, or license; much less in insurance and if … (hopefully, it does not happen) it happens to thieves steal your tires or some part of the car, forget, the cost rises by a large percentage.
By bike, you not only discover your city but your sense of community will be strengthened (and if you didn’t have it, then it will start to wake up in you). Not soon? When we get into the car, what we do is isolate ourselves: you raise the glass, put on the air conditioning; You listen to your favorite music and, “They know what: don’t bother me, I don’t know them and, if I know them, I don’t want to remember.” We exclude everything that does not have to do exclusively with us, they all seem like a hindrance that does not allow us to circulate.
Well, the opposite happens with the bike, the bike is inclusive. The bicycle unites us in the expression of a common good for the community, and in many ways. From the search for sustainability, to social, through the politician to improve our environment and the living conditions of our cities.
In short, to make community is to end the exacerbated individualism that, so many negative consequences have brought to our societies. Is to be an active citizen who seeks to be part of a collective generator of conditions that benefit the people with whom we cohabit this territory we call “our city.” The use of the bicycle as a means of transport brings us closer to that objective in each cycle.
So, that absurd idea of superiority enjoyed by the automobile in our society has been a constant for almost a century. Unmatched power for a machine from a bygone era, where the industrialization of steel, and the preponderance in the use of fossil fuels, were commonplace. Today it faces a new era dominated by silicon, software and digitalization; an era where the transformation in the mobility paradigm is a necessity and not an option, and that you, along with your bike, can be drivers of that much-needed change.