To promote sustainable transportation and reducing vehicular congestion, the Government of El Salvador, under the leadership of President Bukele, has accomplished a remarkable feat by establishing the country’s most extensive network of bicycle lanes. Spearheaded by the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT), this initiative aims to encourage the use of bicycles as a means of transportation and simultaneously alleviate urban traffic congestion.
“The Government plays a pivotal role in advocating for bicycle usage and, more importantly, in providing the necessary infrastructure to support cyclists. In this regard, we are actively identifying new areas to expand this cycling network, interconnect existing lanes, and establish a comprehensive system that facilitates the movement of our population,” stated Nelson Reyes, the Vice Minister of Transportation.
The Viceministry of Transportation (VMT) is also actively engaging with cyclists by offering assistance and ensuring their safety during various cycling events across the country. For instance, just last Sunday, the VMT provided road safety measures for a 25-kilometer cycling event organized by a local cycling association.
Authorities emphasize that commuting via bicycle brings about numerous advantages, including economic benefits and the mitigation of stress caused by vehicular congestion. Cycling not only contributes to personal health and well-being but also aligns with the government’s commitment to fostering sustainable mobility.
The construction of bicycle lanes has been undertaken in several key areas, such as San Jacinto, San Benito, Escalón, Diagonal Universitaria, Claudia Lars Peripheral Road, El Hipódromo Boulevard, among others. These lanes not only offer safe passage for cyclists but also enhance the overall urban landscape, promoting a greener and more accessible environment for all residents.
In conjunction with the Ministry of Public Works, other organizations such as FONAT, FOVIAL, and the VMT are actively involved in orchestrating events and activities that champion sustainable mobility and create communal spaces for families to enjoy.
Addressing road safety remains a paramount concern for the government, with a special focus on protecting vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists. In alignment with the mobility pyramid, these individuals are at a higher risk, and therefore, the government is steadfast in its commitment to providing safe and suitable spaces for all road users.
By fostering a culture of cycling and providing well-constructed lanes, the Government of El Salvador is setting an inspiring example for other nations, showcasing the possibilities of sustainable urban transportation and contributing to a more eco-friendly and healthier future for its citizens.