Marrakesh is an old Moroccan city located on the foothill of the Atlas Mountains. The old part of the city, known as Medina, is a busy touristic hub and a UNESCO world heritage site. It features a series of narrow alleyways, red-sandstone buildings and the busiest market square in Africa ‘Jemaa El-Fana’. The modern urban expansion takes place outside the old city walls with wider streets and lower urban density.
Bicycles have always had a strong presence in Marrakesh as the narrow busy streets of the old city make a more favourable precondition for individual and non-motorized transport (i.e. walking, cycling and donkey carts). However, as new developments in the city add more room for motorized traffic, more and more people are shifting to cars and motorcycles. Unless the city includes cycling in its mobility plans, it will stay limited to tourists and a shrinking number of locals. Today Marrakesh has 85,000 bicycles and 200,000 motorcycles. Walking is still the most common mode of transport with a modal share of 60%.
Modal split of cycling: 18.4%
Average length of trips made within the city: 2.5km to 5km