With ITDP’s help, the city government recently launched a comprehensive bicycle program, which is already having a noticeable impact throughout the city. The first phase of 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) of separated bicycle lanes has already been constructed and the total 100-km (62-mi) network is scheduled for completion in 2011.
ITDP provides assistance with all aspects of the bicycle program, including strategic bicycle parking placement and infrastructure design, bike parking in public office buildings, and promotion of the mode as a healthy, affordable, and attractive mode of transportation. ITDP also works with the city government on a bike-to-work program and recently participated in a presentation to local corporations on the benefits of encouraging employees to bike to work by providing incentives and facilities.
ITDP is working closely with the city government of Buenos Aires to develop the first bus rapid transit (BRT) system in the country. The first corridor along Juan B. Justo Avenue is under construction and slated for completion in early 2011. This line will consist of 25 station stops, a BRT exclusive lane, prioritized signaling, and fare collection in the station before the passenger boards the bus. It is projected that this first corridor will see a 40 percent decrease in the amount of fuel used and a 50 percent decrease in the total route travel time at peak hours, as compared to the current bus system along the same route.
For the development of the second and third BRT corridors, which are in the planning and design phases, ITDP has been selected to stay on as part of the team of technical experts. As with the first corridor, ITDP will work with Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF), a Latin American multilateral organization committed to sustainable development, the Argentina National Government, and the Government of the City of Buenos Aires on demand analysis, fleet calculation, route location, intelligent traffic signaling, legal structure, and communication strategy for these next BRT lines.