UPDATE 16th January 2015:
Ecobici is currently in the process of updating 60% its Ecobici stations (specifically those located in tourist areas) with a credit card reader so that tourists can hire a bike for 1, 3 or 7 days ($90, $180 and $300 MXN respectively) without the hassle of queuing in the Ecobici offices to register and without the need for a Mexican credit/debit card. Machines will accept both national and international Mastercard or Visa. The service will be available late January 2015.
Just look out for the posts that have what looks like an ATM keypad and card slot, insert your card and read the terms and conditions carefully before accepting. You will then be given the choice to chose 1, 3 or 7 days before being offered the option of being allocated either a unique code to use each time you hire a bike, or of using a previously purchased multi-use card that serves Metrobus, Metro and the electric tram service.
Don’t forget to check the tips below for advice on safety and avoiding fines!
Registering for the Ecobici service for those who hold a Mexican bank card
Using your Ecobici
Maps and Apps