Transportation Archive

Everything You Need to Know about the MiBici Public Bicycle Rental System

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mibici bicycles parked at a stationNot so long ago we reviewed Guadajalara’s ratings as a green city according to a study from 2010 and provided updates on some of the improvements it had made since then. You may recall that we mentioned that at some point in 2008, Guadalajara counted a free, public bicycle-lending system called Pedalea Guadalajara (Pedal Guadalajara) among its local transportation options. It was apparently complete with bike stations at various locations throughout the city (especially around the center) but it had since disappeared, for what reason we know not. Well, as we also mentioned back then, as of last year Guadalajara once again offers a public bicycle-sharing system, although this time it’s not free. Named MiBici (MyBike), much more has gone into it than ever went into Pedalea Guadalajara and it promises to stick around for some time. Indeed, you may have already noticed installations all over the city or people using the red, silver, and black bicycles. If you’re curious as to how the system works, you’re in the right place. Here’s everything you need to know about it to describe it to someone else or use it yourself.

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Guadalajara, Mexico, Is a Leading Portal for Exporting Goods to Trading Partners via Air

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air freightAccording to ProMéxico, the trade and investment arm of the Mexican government, Guadalajara has led Mexico in handling the country’s exports via air 5 out of the 7 years from 2007 through 2013 (complete data for 2014 is still unavailable), as indicated by the value of goods passing through customs (in millions USD). Guadalajara has only fallen second to Mexico City twice, in 2011 and 2013, and then not really by much. This for a city that is by some estimates but a quarter to a third of Mexico City’s size in terms of population. Monterrey, in Nuevo León, is usually a distant third. As for exports by road or by railroad, a massive collective amount of goods travels to trading partners via these means through Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, which has led the pack in both categories year after year. Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche, has been the annual leader where it comes to shipping goods by sea. These are just some stats to keep in mind as you contemplate international business with Mexico. See the following infographic for all the figures.

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Ridesharing in Guadalajara, Mexico

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RidesharingGuadalajara is a large city, and as such, has its share of transportation options to get you from one place to another here in Mexico. In addition to the typical flights and long-range bus services, you can obviously rent a car. We’ve even heard of individuals contracting with Uber drivers to get from here to the Jaliscan coast, for instance. That seems a bit much to us, but to each their own. Renting a car can be rather expensive too, and risky. Thefts, damage, and accidents are real issues. Bus and plane travel are dandy, but what if there are no bus routes or flights to your particular destination? And might there not be something even cheaper than traveling by bus or plane? A local bus might do, but it might take forever, depending on where you’re going. A taxi might do, but that could be prohibitively costly. A tour bus might get you somewhere, but hopping on a tour bus is a thing entirely unto itself. If you don’t own your own car, whatever are you to do? Hitch a ride, that’s what.

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uberX Now Available in Guadalajara, Mexico

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uber_whiteBack in December of last year, we wrote about your car-service options with accompanying mobile applications available here in Guadalajara, including Easy Taxi, Yaxi, and Uber. At that time, of the Uber offerings, only UberBlack and UberSUV existed. Just recently, Uber finally added uberX, their low cost service, which has already been active in Mexico City for awhile. This is great news if you’re a fan of having options when it comes time to get from point A to point B.

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As Routes Get Certified, Public Bus Fares are Increasing in Guadalajara, Mexico

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Autobus Alianza de Camioneros A.C.In Guadalajara, the public bus system is contracted out to private companies that manage one or more routes in the city. The drivers often work on a commission basis, which many critics have blamed for some of the reckless driving, traffic accidents, and incidents involving injuries to passengers, that certain bus drivers have engaged in or have been responsible for here. On the other side, there have been complaints from drivers about assaults, scheduling, and poor working conditions. Since last year, city officials have been working with these companies to improve the system for all involved and reduce the dangers. To that end, La Secretaría de Movilidad (La Semov), literally the Ministry of Mobility, has been charged with certifying routes that meet certain requirements to improve safety and driver working conditions, among other things. The end result to you is hopefully a safer and more pleasant ride but also a guaranteed fare increase from $6 MXN to $7 MXN per person on these newly-certified routes. What is taking place is not a straightforward shift to the new system that currently includes all routes, though, and as the certification process continues here in Guadalajara, there are two critical pieces of information that you need to be aware of as a user of the public bus system.

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Car-Service Mobile Applications on Your Smart Device: The New Way to Order a Taxi or an Uber in Guadalajara, Mexico

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mobile-phone-307187InterNations, a worldwide expat organization with a chapter here in Guadalajara, recently threw its weight behind Easy Taxi, a service with its own mobile application that allows you to order a participating taxi right from your smart device in your own native language (while the driver can see the request in theirs), wherever you might be in the city. While we’re glad to see that such an organization with some ability to influence trends is backing this app, in use in more than 30 countries, and thus promoting the use of technology to improve the experience of all parties involved in this area of the transportation industry, we thought we’d take it a step further and review all the car-service mobile application offerings available to you currently in Guadalajara so that you can make a more informed decision.

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The Guadalajara, Mexico, International Airport Primer – Terminals, Parking, and More

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By Danilo gp (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

By Danilo gp (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Guadalajara International Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional de Guadalajara), otherwise known as Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla), is a fairly easy one to navigate as far as airports go, so long as you know a few basic things about it upfront. We’ll cover those basics here so that you are guaranteed to find your way around it like a boss.

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Getting Between the New and Old Central Bus Stations by Bus in Guadalajara, Mexico

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Volvo_LuxuryPerhaps you’ve been bouncing around Mexico and you’ve just arrived at the newer central bus terminal (la Central Nueva) in Guadalajara by, well, bus (camión). To get to the heart of Guadalajara, the easiest means of doing so is by taxi, of course, and there’s no shortage of yellow vehicles with eager drivers waiting to give you a lift somewhere. However, you may want to save yourself some pesos and take an express bus to the older central bus terminal (la Central Vieja) in the heart of the city instead – it includes a short walk but the whole process is easy enough that it’s worth the savings. Allow us to explain how to get it done. We’ll also mention your taxi options while we’re at it since there are two ways of going about that.

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Biking in Guadalajara, Mexico

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IMG_2298Biking in Guadalajara is not for the faint of heart. That being said, we bike everywhere – to work, to the market, to the park – and we do it for many reasons – for fun, for health, for getting a better view of the city. Besides, we don’t own a car and a public transportation is not always the way to go. We’re not alone. You’ll see people biking all over the city every day. Before you don your helmet and lay rubber to pavement with the power of the pedal, there are some tips and resources we suggest you acquaint yourself with to help you stay safe and aware and maximize your cycling enjoyment here in Guadalajara.

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Getting to or from the Airport in Guadalajara, Mexico

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GDL_AeropuertoGetting to or from the Guadalajara International Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional de Guadalajara, airport code GDL), otherwise known as Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla), is not so different than traveling to or from any other airport in most major cities in the world, but reading up on the additional information presented below will ensure that you are aware of all your options and will handle it like a pro even on your first time through.

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