Colombia: Public Bicycle System Makes Major Contributions to Sustainable Mobility

The Public Bicycle System has had a significant impact on sustainable mobility in Ibagué, Colombia.

After nine months of operation in eight points of the city, this pilot achieved close to 1,000 active users and more than 3,000 registered in the ‘Rueda por Ibagué’ platform, an alternative that has transformed the way of getting around the city.

This is an innovative fifth generation system, which has intelligent locks that are locked and its location is tracked by satellite georeferencing, through a mobile application, a tool that allows a quick location in real time.

It is worth remembering that the Public Bicycle System in its second phase will be operated by the Institute of Financing, Promotion and Development of Ibagué, Infibagué, a bet that will be made in order to provide a better service and reduce operating costs.

Photo: Gobierno Ibagué

Plan Details

Presented in February of this year, the system was born as a need to find alternatives that allow mobility while taking care of the environment free of charge.

The project offers locals and tourists the possibility of using another means of transportation for short trips in the city center.

It began with the availability of 85 bicycles: 16 pedal-assisted and 69 conventional, which are used after downloading the ‘Rueda por Ibagué’ application and following the respective steps for user authentication.

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As an added value of the project, the method being developed in the city is fifth generation with ‘Dockless‘, i.e.: intelligent bicycles and locks that are locked, and their location is provided by satellite georeferencing, through a mobile application.

The system is sponsored by the European Union and the German government, who chose Ibagué as an intermediate capital, with many qualities to carry out this program that is executed thanks to the ‘Urban Mobility’ component of Euroclima”.

The schedule for the use of bicycles is from Tuesday to Friday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm; Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sundays from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.

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