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Laborers happily correct engineer’s mistakes on Mérida’s new bicycle lanes

Revision will give cars a little more space to drive

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Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway. Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.
An engineering error at Mérida’s new bike lanes is corrected by a construction crew. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

Planters separating Mérida’s new bicycle lanes from the road were built 20 centimeters or almost eight inches too wide, according to city workers.

In an embarrassing turn of events, project engineers apparently made a miscalculation which is now forcing construction crews to tear down and rebuild the affected section. 

“Hey, it’s better for us this way … more paid days of work!” a jovial construction worker told Por Esto. 

Correcting the problem is especially important since many drivers have complained that the new lanes are already too narrow.

Earlier: A confused public is driven mad by Mérida’s new bike lanes

The new bike paths have received mixed reviews from drivers.

Recently, a woman was taped speaking rudely to a police officer and insisting that she has “the right to park on Paseo de Montejo.” This despite the fact that she was blocking bicycle traffic. The video has made the rounds thanks to social media users who have nicknamed the woman #ladyciclovia.

The bicycle lane project is expected to be completed in March and span 71.7 kilometers throughout the city.

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