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Monday, 26 December 2011
If you have ever been to Mexico City you couldn't possibly have missed the traffic congestion. I didn't travel extensively and it would be false on my part to make any statements concerning the whole world but out of all the cities that I have seen in my life the traffic congestion of Mexico City can only be compared to the one of New York City. If you try to get anywhere by car during the rush hours you are simply stuck there for hours... I've heard that London has similar problems but I haven't experienced that personally most likely because I have never tried to use a car in London (why would I venture into the roads where everyone is driving on the wrong [left] side?). Especially that London has a very well developed public transportation system.

As far as I recall from my visits to Mexico City, I think that the administration is trying to cope with the traffic congestion problem by introducing a bylaw that limits the cars to only those having even numbers on their registration plates every other day. That means, if your number is even then you can drive in the city on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, etc. I am not sure how it works exactly, but I seem to remember someone telling me something to that effect.

Based on my observation, I think that Buenos Aires does not have such a problem with traffic congestion as Mexico City, New York City, or London. I don't know the reason for that maybe they have a good road system (they do in the area where I live), or maybe they also somehow legislated the problem if they had one. What I have noticed, however, and what I liked a lot, is that they have a network of bicycle stations all over the city where you can get a bike and ride it FOR FREE. I was happy when I found such a station for the first time. I thought I would be able to rent a bike and ride the streets which would greatly expand the range of places that I could visit in a day. My interest rose after I learned that the service is free. Unfortunately I was soon told that this service is only available to the citizens of Buenos Aires. If you are a permanent resident of the city, then you can register for the service, get you identification number (PIN), which you then provide at each bike station whenever you want to use a bicycle.

The system seems to be well developed, but it does not seem to be very popular. I did not have seen many people using the bicycle. They are just standing there waiting to gain some popularity. Buenos Aires is nothing like Amsterdam where you see thousand of bikes on each street and a great lot of them parked at the train station. Very close to where I live is a street called Calle Montevideo. A part of the road here has been separated for bicycles only, but I hardly ever see any cyclists actually using it.

PS.  I've just noticed that some idiot posted some spam in the comments.  I have removed the spam, but I don't want to be doing that each day so I am disabling the comments, sorry.

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