Bike lanes are proposed for the busy streets of Merida. Image: Courtesy

Bike lanes will be carved into 72 kilometers / 45 miles of Merida’s streets, the Yucatan state government announced.

The plans have been long-awaited by advocates of two-wheel transportation. Construction will begin in November and the lanes will be completed in March, according to the announcement.

The coronavirus crisis accelerated the plan, state officials said. Bicycling is seen as a way to maintain healthy distances and avoiding infections.

Here is where the bicycle lanes are plotted:

A state-supplied map roughly indicates where new bike paths will be demarcated starting in November.

Paseo de Montejo – Dzibilchaltún: 15 km / 9 miles

The northernmost circuit will stretch between the remate de Paseo de Montejo and the Dzibilchaltún exit via the Prolongación de Montejo and the Progreso highway.

It will connect with existing bicycle lanes in Dzibilchaltún, Komchén and Temozón.

Northeast: 21 km / 13 miles

This section will cover the Glorieta de la Mestiza, from Periférico, the twin gas stations, Canek Avenue, Calle 128 Street and Avenida Colón.

The trail joins 10 km of existing bike paths. Various points will connect to the Francisco de Montejo area.

North – Ucú: 15.5 km / 10 miles

With this circuit bicyclists can connect with existing 8 km / 5 miles of bicycle lanes in Caucel, Francisco de Montejo and ​​the Las Américas neighborhoods.

South: 20 km / 12 miles

Existing lanes will connect to new ones from Calle 50 to Xmatkuil, as well as 86 alongside the airport, to create a combined 50-km / 31-mile circuit.

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