From Biker Street we encourage the use of bicycles as a healthy, ecological and fast mode of transport.
We advocate the use of bike as an instrument to relieve traffic congestion in Buenos Aires City, following the successful example of the big capitals around the world.
Riding a bike not only has positive effects on health, but it also contributes to the protection of the environment. Besides, it is worth mentioning that biking is a recreational activity that allows you to interact more directly with the city. If we all get on a bike, we will commute in a faster and more efficient way through Buenos Aires.
Of course, getting on a bike requires commitment and attention to respect the traffic rules. Here we will talk about some recommended practices for urban cyclists.
Benefits of riding a bike
The benefits that we generate by moving around the city by bicycle are very clear, either when they are good for ourselves or for other people.
Riding a bike is almost alsways easier, faster and, of course, more sustainable.
Eco Friendly Transport
Just thinking about how much physical space 50 cars take up on the streets in comparison to 50 bikers is already a very relevant fact.
The bicycle does not need fuel, does not emit greenhouse gases, so it contributes to the global warming reduction. It is clear that it also does not produce noise pollution.
When we ride a bike, we improve our physical condition, counteracting sedentary lifestyle, thus avoiding heart disease, lowering cholesterol and favoring the immune system.
It even helps lowering stress levels!
How to ride a bike through Buenos Aires
Priority at crossroads and intersections
Depending on traffic vulnerabilities, priorities (which are rarely respected) should be the following:
- 1st Pedestrian
- 2nd Cyclist
- 3rd Public transport
- 4th Cars and motorbikes
At the time of crossing a street, if there’s no traffic light, the priority of crossing corresponds to the one who’s on the right, regardless of which vehicle is involved, and no matter how big the artery is. If there’s someone on your right, you should stop and give them way.
- When you travel at night, make yourself visible: Wear light clothing and turn on the lights of your bike.
- Respect traffic lights and traffic signs.
- Wear a helmet, a silly fall can be serious if you hit your head.
- Do not use headphones or cell phone while riding the bike.
- Stay alert for the unexpected and try to predict the movements of the other actors in the traffic.
- Try to alert the ones around you with the bell (or loud voice) if there’s risk of impact.
- Grasp the handlebar with both hands and, if possible, leave your right hand fingers on the brake.
- Do not carry things hanging from the handlebar or the pack holder that could end up in the middle of the wheels and cause you a fall.
Tips for a better harmony
- Always give way to the pedestrian.
- Only children under 12 can ride on the sidewalk, unless there is a sign that allows bikers on it.
- Always ride in the same direction of traffic, never drive in the opposite direction.
- Look both ways before crossing a street.
- Keep a distance of 1.5 meters from cars that are parked to avoid hitting a car door that suddenly opens.
- Anticipate your movements using your arms: extended your left arm when you’re going to turn to the left, extended your right arm when you’re going to turn to the right and extended your arm upwards when you are going to brake.
- In the streets that have bike lanes or bike paths, you must cycle through them, leaving the road for cars, motorcycles and public transport.
- Before leaving, plan your route.
- Avoid traveling through busy avenues as the risk of accidents increases.
- Do not take someone sitting on the handlebar, the bikes are not prepared for this. And it implies a great risk for both of you.
- Check daily that your bike’s brakes and tires are in good condition.
- Do not climb or get off the sidewalk curbs or slopes on the bike, as this severely damages it.
- When you raise the seat of your bike, confirm that there are about 10 cm of spout inside, to avoid fractures in the bike frame and a possible accident.