Is Cycling safe in Puerto Vallarta Mexico?


Those of us who love to pedal around on two wheels are very aware of the dangers of motorized vehicles. Many cyclists have stories about that time when they almost got hit or heaven forbid when they did get hit by a vehicle. So it isn`t surprising that people often ask if it is safe to cycle in the Puerto Vallarta region. The answer is yes.

Clarence can still clearly recall his first ride on the highways surrounding Puerto Vallarta. He was completely stunned and could not get over how respectful the drivers were. Not only did they patiently wait for a safe opportunity to pass with their hazard lights flashing, they also passed without crowding the riders.

"I feel safer on the road here than I did back in Canada," he declared. After riding in the Banderas Bay area, many of our clients agree that riding here is not only scenic but also safe. That said we should still be aware of our surroundings.

As cyclists we do not have a steel frame around us for protection; therefore, we have to be vigilant. We must be watchful for not only vehicles but also debris and obstacles on the road. Here in Puerto Vallarta the dreaded tope is one such obstacle. Topes, or speed bumps in English, are a common speed reduction method here in Mexico. Not all topes are created equal. They vary in size and shape and are not always marked, so keep a keen eye.

Riding in the city of Puerto Vallarta proper is also a pleasant experience. The city has developed a few bike paths and bike ways and many of the quiet side streets are also an enjoyable riding experience. On Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings four lanes of Francisco Medina Ascencio Boulevard (aka the main hotel strip) are closed to vehicular traffic to provide cyclists, runners, walkers, inline skaters and skateboarders a safe, well maintained venue for their activities.

Of course there is more congestion in the city and common sense dictates that there are some roads that are better left for motorized traffic only. We do not recommend these roads to our customers. It's hard to enjoy the ride if you are worried about being in harm's way. We only take you where we feel safe to ride.