In 2007, Mexico City announced plans to build 300 km of priority bike lanes throughout the city by 2012. By 2011, just over 22 km were built. The City clearly wasn't going to reach its promise. So a ragtag group of bicycle enthusiasts created Wikicarril (wiki-lane) to make 5 km of the bikes lanes themselves and show their city officials just how simply it can be done.
The group fundraised $1,000 US dollars in four days through a crowd-sourcing website, and with the money they bought paint, brushes, and created stencils. Eighty people rolled up their sleeves and descended on the streets in an assembly lane fashion and in just 8 hours the group created 5 km of bike lanes.
Yes, the illegal bikes lanes will likely be painted over. But isn't it nice to see citizens pick up the slack and create healthier communities?