Guatemala City Bicycle Lanes


Amount Raised


Total Investors

Project Overview

The project consists of the implementation of a public bicycle system for shared use, being an option of active mobility, which helps to increase urban cycling transportation in Guatemala City, encouraging the use of the bicycle as a practical system, adapted to our context.About infrastructure, it will be necessary to apply exclusive lanes in streets and avenues strategically chosen, built with materials suitable for optimal bicycle circulation, appropriate signage and protection strips.


  • Transport & Mobility
Funding Goal
Latin America and the Caribbean


Main objective: To develop bike lanes as a part of a public transport system which is viable, sustainable and accessible to all users and which allows long trips in a short time.

Specific objectives:
1) To reduce road congestion and improve the user’s quality of life.
2) To increase the reach and services of public transportation.
3) To offer an active mobility option.
4) To improve user’s health.
5) To upgrade the image of the city through an easy-to-use transport system.
6) The cost and time of implementation of the bike lanes in the city is relatively low.
7) To provide a public system with less infrastructure and less management.
8) Less pollution.
9) Promotion and development of tourism.
10) Job creation.
11) Improve the landscapes.

Progress Tracker



Current Stage

Advanced Design: Clear funding requirements, operational feasibility. Financial model exists.

There are two types of bicycle lanes proposed: shared and segregated.

The shared lane consists of a bike lane on the street in which the cyclist has the priority of mobility. The shared lane is always designed in the slowest lane.

The segregated lane consists of a strip separated from the flow of motor vehicles by a physical barrier or a double line painted on the surface, separating the vehicle from the cycle path.

Some urban interventions are linked to the shared bicycle project, such as the improvement of sidewalk, outside lighting, signage, parks and landscapes.



Project Milestones

Guatemala City is divided in 22 zones. Phase 1 of the project covers a total of 7 zones, which will have an estimated construction time of 2 months each. The construction of the project can be simultaneous, so we estimate that phase 1 will be completed in 6 months. Phase 2 is medium term, so its construction depends on completing and starting operations in the first phase. The first milestone would be the execution of the first zone and that it begins its operation with bicycle parking, software and bicycles for rent. This will be the example for the development of other areas.

ESG Impact

The Cycling Lanes project will be an intermodality system, it will connect the different proposals of public transport through a passive system of short routes between public stations and destinations. By having an intermodal system, it will improve the economy of users who change their transport dynamics to use public transport and the shared bicycle system, since they will not longer pay for parking spots, gas expenses and will avoid traffic jams. The value of the land where bicycle routes are designed will increase, since it is a new method of connection between public transport. Businesses interested in having a nearby bicycle parking can request it and thus increase the demand of the system and the influx of people towards their businesses. In addition, using this service reduces pollution to the environment and improves the physical condition of the users.


The expected beneficiaries would be users looking for a system to travel “the last mile”, which is the last connection of public transport to their destination. This distance will be less than 500 meters, which the user can easily travel by bicycle. It is estimated an approximate of 6 to 8 trips per day for each bicycle, (6000 to 8000 trips per day having 1000 bicycles) added to this the trips of the users who travel through the bike lanes, and do it on their own bicycle, for this reason it has been considered to include 2% extra bike parking of the total bicycles in the system, at each station.

SDG Goals

SDG 1: No PovertySDG 2: Zero HungerSDG 3: Good Health and Well-beingSDG 4: Quality EducationSDG 5: Gender EqualitySDG 6: Clean Water and SanitationSDG 7: Affordable and Clean EnergySDG 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthSDG 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureSDG 10: Reduced InequalitySDG 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesSDG 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionSDG 13: Climate ActionSDG 14: Life Below WaterSDG 15: Life on LandSDG 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsSDG 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goals


3. The project guarantees a healthy and safe public transport, promoting the well-being for all, giving security to the users.
5. The shared bicycle system is suitable for all public regardless of gender, race, age, origin, religion or social status.
8. The project generates productive jobs. This jobs promote the economic growth of people, and the diversity of actors involved give new job opportunities.
10. The project promotes social inclusion as it is open to everyone.
11. Make the city inclusive, safe, and sustainable.
13. This type of project does not generate CO2 emissions or pollutants. Bicycles does not generate waste that damages the environment.
17. The public-private partnership gives an opportunity to finance the project.

Risks and Limitations

What are the key risks, constraints and dependencies related to the project?

Implementation Cost.

Lack of incentives for the use of non-motorized transport.

Lack of appropriate regulations for project implementation.

Absence of vehicle use regulation.

The private public alliance delays efforts and processes.

Risk mitigation and continuity

Through a municipal agreement, in the event that the project is in operation and is successful, the agreement must contemplate that if the project meets the number of users and standards of success, it cannot be stopped simply by an unsubstantiated decision.

If it is a new project, through an agreement between the previous administration and the new one, all through legal documentation.


Type of Investment


Financing Structure

Public Private Partnership

Secured Investment

The current investment has only been part of Guatemala City Hall, so it has only been planning, design and quantification of the project.

Committed Government Funding

Yes. $500,000

National and Subnational Investors

Between 4 - 5 million quetzals.

Committed Private Funding



Technical Support Required



Governmental Buy-in


Other Forms of Governmental Support

Socialization with neighbors, painting and construction of the project, signage, placement of bicycle parkings and protective elements.

National Ministries Involved

Guatemala City Hall

SubNational Ministries Involved


Other Entities Involved

Urban Mobility Department.

Licenses and Permits



Supporting Documents

No supporting documents included.



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