bikes-mexico-ecobici.jpgMexico City isn’t the most bicycle-friendly place. But residents are being asked to take the risk — between spewing buses and shrill police whistles — as part of a campaign that leaders hope will clean up this 700-year-old metropolis.

This spring the city launched Ecobici, installing 1,100 bikes at 85 stations throughout the center of the city. In its first three months, 4,000 people have paid $24 for user cards they swipe at a rack to release a bicycle for a half-hour. City officials hope to register 24,000 people in the first year.

. . . Happy Earth Day, Mexico City.

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