When it comes to the world of bike-share, New York’s Citibike may continue to get the headlines, but it’s actually Mexico City’s Ecobici that has the most users in the Americas. Last week, they proudly released stats about ridership, and the numbers are impressive, especially for a city that isn’t exactly known for cycling (or safe streets).
According to El Universal, Ecobici has reached 95,780 annual members. Of those, 40,500 have been added since December. That compares with NYC being just shy of 80,000, since launching in May. When the Ecobici program completed their 3rd expansion last year, the goal was 75,000 users.Looks like it’s time for more stations.
In terms of utilization, Mexico City is also the highest for the Americas. While NYC has quickly seen over 3 million trips, Ecobici is now over 10 million.
What makes these numbers even more impressive is that Ecobici is smaller than Citibike (275 vs 330 stations), and does not allow casual use. While NYC (and most other cities) get to rack up the miles with hoards of tourists that can buy passes on the spot, Mexico requires signing up in advance with ID, at off-site locations.
Montreal and DC, the other two major systems on the continent, lag behind in users, although Montreal’s Bixi still has the largest system in terms of stations. Both cities helped in proving that bike-share could be successful beyond Europe, and Ecobici and Citibike may not have been around if it wasn’t for their programs (and of course, the global pioneer, Paris).