EcoBici (Buenos Aires)

EcoBici is a station-based bicycle-sharing system in Buenos Aires, Argentina which began operating in 2010. The service is free of charge to both residents of the city and tourists, and is available 24 hours a day. After one hour of use on weekdays, two hours during the weekend and on holidays, the bike has to be returned and the user has to wait five minutes to get another one.[1] The system is still being expanded and, as of 2019, has 195 km (121 mi) of lanes completed.[2] Stations are automatic and require the use of a smartphone application or a smart card, not in joint with the Sube card system, acquired upon registering for the service. Usage according to the terms of use is controlled via a rating system which can lead to restricted to total exclusion from the system.[3]

OwnerCity of Buenos Aires
LocaleBuenos Aires, Argentina
Transit typeBicycle-sharing system
Began operation2010
System length155 km (96 mi) (2015)
System map
The network in 2014
Yellow indicates completed lanes, green indicates lanes under construction and blue indicates projected lanes.


As part of a so called Sustainable Mobility Plan,[4] supported by the World Bank,[5] construction began on EcoBici's lanes and stations in 2009, and the service was opened to the public in 2010, with just 3 stations and 72 bicycles. However, by 2013 these numbers quickly grew to 29 stations and 800 bicycles.[6] The system's expansion has been fairly rapid and will eventually have 200 km (120 mi) of lanes, 200 stations and 3,000 bicycles when completed.[7]

By the end of 2014, the stations became automated (with the exception of a few) and registered users could now access bicycles 24 hours per day with use of a smart card, while the number of stations had grown to 49. With the expansion of the system, 5,000 additional parking areas for bicycles were added throughout the city.[8][9]

Bikes can be retired with the use of a smart card or by use of a mobile phone application, which require proof of identification in order to attain. Tourists can register online using a scanned ID or by visiting a local municipality office. In both cases, the usage of the bicycles is free.[10][11]

In the case that a bicycle is not returned on time, the user is banned from one week from the service, increasing exponentially with repeat offenders until the fourth offence when the user is banned indefinitely from using the service.[12]

See also


  1. "Ecobici - Cómo utilizo el sistema". Archived from the original on 20 June 2018. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  2. Pedaleá la ciudad,
  3. "Ecobici - Preguntas frecuentes". Archived from the original on 5 June 2018. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  4. "Movilidad - Misión y objetivos". Archived from the original on 4 February 2019. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  5. "The most "human" bike-sharing system in the world lives in Buenos Aires". Archived from the original on 16 July 2018. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  6. El sistema más humano de bicicletas compartidas está en Buenos Aires - World Bank, 7 March 2013.
  7. Más de 2 millones de viajes en el sistema gratuito Ecobici - Buenos Aires Ciudad, 29 November 2013.
  8. Ya está funcionando el Sistema Automático EcoBici - Buenos Aires Ciudad, 8 April 2015.
  9. Estacionamiento de bicis - Buenos Aires Ciudad
  10. Como Registrarse - Buenos Aires Ciudad
  11. EcoBici para Turistas - Buenos Aires Ciudad
  12. ¿De qué se trata la propuesta Ecobici? - Universia, 2 June 2014.
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