Mérida begins to clarify its plans for new lanes

After months of speculation, details begin to emerge regarding Mérida’s new bicycle lanes. Photo: Lee Steele
After months of speculation, details begin to emerge regarding Mérida’s new bicycle lanes. Photo: Lee Steele

Clarifying some confusing new lanes and symbols on the streets, Merida’s City Hall has placed a series of informational panels along Paseo de Montejo. 

The panels outline the three phases of construction and implementation of Mérida’s new bicycle lanes. 

During the first phase, which has already begun, the city has started to paint lanes and build ramps. On the Paseo, driveways that cross the bike path are painted with stripes. In each direction, the road, which had been two lanes of traffic and curbside parking, now has jammed four lanes: two for motor vehicles in transit, one for dropping off passengers or parking, and the fourth for bikes.

During the second phase, the city will install new traffic signs which will indicate new rules pertaining to parking, crosswalks, and unloading zones.

New signage will accompany bicycle lanes once phase two is complete. Photo: Lee Steele

During the third phase, the bike lanes will be officially inaugurated and new traffic rules will come into effect.

These new details come after business owners, drivers and cyclists have expressed concern over the lack of information pertaining to the project. 

According to the panels, Yucatán has 57 bicycles per every 100 homes, making it the state with the most bicycles per capita in Mexico. 


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.