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Mexico City Celebrates World Car-Free Day

City government will give out free cycling accessories
By The News · 22 of September 2016 16:14:08
World Bicycle Day in the Zócalo, Mexico City, No available, photo via Twitter

On World Car Free Day, which is celebrated this Thursday, Sept. 22, users of the ecobici bicycle sharing system will be able to use the bikes for double the time usually allotted without extra cost.

Ecobici users will be able to ride for up to an hour and a half, and people who sign up to ecobici on Thursday will be given a free extra month to their one-year membership.

The Environment Secretariat will give away 3,400 bicycling jackets and 3,400 reflectors for bicycles, starting at 8 a.m. until supplies run out. To receive the gifts, cyclists only need to arrive with their bicycles to one of the 12 locations.

The gifts will be given out at the Zócalo, at Eje Central and 16 de Septiembre, at Juárez and Balderas, at 20 de Noviembre and República de Uruguay, at Pino Suárez and José María Izazaga, at Allende and República de Venezuela, at Cicloestación 266-Buenavista, at the large bike parking spaces in Pantitlán and La Raza, and at the bicycle parking spaces on Reforma, Revolución and Patriotismo.

The Zócalo, along with the streets 5 de Febrero, Pino Suárez and 20 de Noviembre between Venustiano Carranza and 5 de Mayo will be closed to automobiles and motorcycles between 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. City government recommends that drivers use Eje 1 Norte, Eje 1 Oriente, Arcos de Belén, Izazaga, Dr. Río de la Loza and Eje Central.