Bike Buenos Aires Style

On first appearance Buenos Aires doesn’t come across as a cycle friendly city. It is a buzzing metropolis, filled with smoking buses, irate taxi drivers and cell phone talking drivers. But just like any capital city you need to look beyond the inner city streets to find the hidden back lanes and wide open spaces that appeal to cyclists.

Cycling in Buenos Aires has recently become a pleasure with the opening of a network of bike friendly lanes. These are well cordoned off from the traffic with small brightly colored walls and are thus a safe way to cruise around town. And it is only going to get better as the local government plans to expand the bicycle lane network.

Located on the edge of the River Plate Buenos Aires boats flood plain flat streets. There are virtually no hills so a multi-geared bike isn’t necessary. The current local trend is of one-geared cruisers with wide handlebars. Baskets aren’t compulsory but prove valuable if you need to carry anything extra.

Photo by blmurch

If you have landed in the city bikeless and are itching to start pedaling, head to the park land in the south, known as Costanera Sur. Here there are several small stores that rent bikes by the hour. The park land is the perfect place to warm up before tackling the tarmac.

An alternative is to join a knowledgeable guide who can lead you bike Buenos Aires style around the city and point out sights of interest without getting you lost. This is a great option for those who want to see more of the city but are somewhat geographically challenged. Let someone else do the navigating and explanations on what you are seeing so you can sit back on your cruiser bike and pedal through Buenos Aires to get an up close and personal view of this dynamic South American city.

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