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Riding on Group Bicycles

Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

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Every day when we were in Morelia, one way or another, we spent some time at the Plaza.

We were either visiting the glorious Cathedral, going to happy hour or a rooftop restaurant/bar, or having a meal on the square.

We kept seeing these "mega-tandem" bicycles with groups of people cycling and "whooping" along.

"Whoot! Whoot!" they'd say...

What is going on!?

A dozen people on "mega-tandem" bikes with a captain leading the way

A dozen people on "mega-tandem" bikes with a captain leading the way

In 2010 a group of people in Morelia organized "Bicycle Friendly Sundays" where certain streets would be closed to traffic, and tandem bikes could be ridden around the city.

 

 

 

 

The initiative called “Paseo a ciegas”, or blind rides, lent tandem bicycles out so that people with disabilities could get in on the fun too. Apparently these tandem bicycle groups are in various cities and countries around the world. They are called Blind Tandem Cycling Groups.

However, you don't need to have a disability to join in on the fun.

The idea took off since then, and now you can join one of these rides for about $1.50USD, and they don't just happen on Sundays. We saw them happening most late afternoons.

The Aqueduct

The Aqueduct

There are several different routes that are traveled, one taking you to the Aqueduct which you see here.

El Jardin de Villalongin is to the upper right from this shot, and Callejon del Romance is immediately to the right.

 

The groups seem very energetic, and friendly. Must be all that fresh air and exercise!

The captain leads the group on the chosen route

The captain leads the group on the chosen route

For your 25Pesos you are given a helmet, a bright reflective vest and your section of the bicycle. These sections snap on and off to fit the size of the group that is going for the ride.

They cycle through the traffic now, since the idea expanded beyond the "Bicycle Friendly Sundays."

Streets are wide

Streets are wide

Morelia is a clean city and people seem very cordial. This doesn't happen in every large city, as your experience must tell you. But it's another attraction of Morelia that entices people to visit.

These streets are wide, allowing both the traffic and the tandem bikes to use them at the same time.

Here the group raises their hands and are shouting "WOOOoooooo!"

Here the group raises their hands and are shouting "WOOOoooooo!"

 

 

 

 

This particular group is only ten people strong, but no less enthusiastic.

If ever you get to Morelia, check out this tandem group. They line up by the Cathedral in the late afternoons and it would be a great joint activity for friends and family to enjoy.

Plus you get a tour of the city as well!

Whoot! Whoot!

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Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website RetireEarlyLifestyle.com, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on Amazon.com.

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