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What is Pico Y Placa in Medellin?

WHAT IS PICO Y PLACA? - “Peak & Plate” is a traffic restriction system that Colombia introduced in the hopes of reducing congestion in larger cities. For the most part, alternating vehicles (by number plate - placa) during morning and evening peak (pico) times has worked in reducing emissions. The determining number is the first digit of your bike’s plate and, if it matches with restrictions, it means you are not allowed to ride during allocated times.


The super-duper fun thing is that the numbers seem to change constantly and are different depending on the city, so memorizing them is impossible. Restrictions can also change at the last minute so do yourself a favor: simply double-check with the website below before reaching your next big city.

Current Pico Y Placa in Medellin:

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