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“Bike Circuit and the Incentives from Public and Private Companies”

Santo Domingo town hall recently announced the construction of a new bicycles lane called Bike Circuit. In this way, Santo Domingo will join other environmentally friendly cities that have been supporting these types of green initiatives for a several years throughout Latin America. This includes the cities of Medellín, Guadalajara, Quito, Santiago de Chile, Caracas, Soacha, Chihuahua, Rio de Janeiro, Lima, Chacao, Guayaquil, Cali, Guatemala and Mexico City. However, for an initiative of this kind to be successful, public and private companies need to implement incentive mechanisms. To do this the Dominican Republic may therefore have to implement new legislation.

Santo Domingo’s Bike Circuit will be a great contribution to environmental protection, because it represents an alternative urban transportation system that does not use hydrocarbons and therefore helps the conservation of non-renewable natural resources. This is in addition to the numerous health benefits that the use of the bicycle can have on the local population, as it reduces traffic congestion and its associated air pollution throughout the capital.

A more than necessary step
For an initiative of this kind to be successful, both public and private organizations must implement incentive mechanisms, including bicycle parking areas, flexible working times for bicycle users, such as an extra time incentive during lunch hours.

Institutions can also offer facilities such as showers and lockers for clothes and personal items, to ensure the hygiene and comfort of employees who decide to cycle to work.These actions should be complemented by offering alternative transportation methods for bike users on rainy days.

Other countries, including France, have initiated a program of incentives for citizens that attend work by bike, paying them an amount of money per kilometer travelled. This model has also been successfully tested in Great Britain, the Netherlands and Belgium.