City and Regional Planning

CYCLE, QRO

Fall 2016 City Planning Studio

Queretaro is a flourishing city of nearly 1 million people in central Mexico, located 220km from the capital, Mexico City, within the economically burgeoning Bajio region. A culturally important historic center, Queretaro benefits from a year-round temperate climate, a strong and growing industrial economy, and political leadership invested in increasing multimodal access to all parts of the city for all of its residents through the implementation of progressive bicycle infrastructure planning.

Queretaro’s municipal government, under the leadership of the Secretary of Mobility, seeks to transform the city into the cycling capital of Mexico. In part, they anticipate this redirected focus will help reduce the increasing congestion challenging the city and promote the needs of more travelers. To this end, the Secretary of Mobility partnered with the department of City Planning at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design to help develop a specific bicycle network plan building off overall mobility research and analysis.

Through intensive statistical demographic research, geographic analysis, existing conditions surveys, and site visits, this plan offers a phasing scheme for a regional bicycle network in Queretaro. The plan focuses on two goals: to increase connectivity for a broader population and improve conditions for existing cyclists.  The themes of promoting equitable mobility and encouraging a cultural shift towards cycling informed proposed interventions thorughout the city.  Building upon global best-practices in Latin America, Europe, and the United States, the team developed six pilot projects upon which the Municipality of Queretaro can build to transform their city into Mexico’s most bicycle-friendly locale.

The interventions presented in this report are intended to serve as examples of the types of projects the Municipality can undertake in phases over the course of a several-year roll out. They are presented in the hope that Queretaro and similar cities can build upon global bicycle program momentum and create more equitable and environmentally conscientious urban environments.