From Rio to Vancouver passing from Paris, cities at COP21 are demonstrating their commitment to fighting climate change and improving quality of life.
São Paulo is becoming bike-friendly
Just a few days after its opening, cyclists crossing São Paulo’s cycle road have increased by 400%. The city will extend its cycle routes to 400 km by 2016.
São Paulo is turning into a bike-friend city. On 28 June, a new cycle route was opened in Paulista Avenue, São Paulo main road and one of the most famous roads of Brazil, which is also renowned internationally. During the opening of the cycle route, car traffic was closed and the whole lane was reserved to pedestrians and cyclists. Thousands of people attended the opening celebrations. Indeed, São Paulo has never had a bike-friendly approach until recently.
The cycle route mostly exploits the median strip of Paulista Avenue lane. This section is still under construction and there are some on-going road works. In few days, cyclists riding across São Paulo cycle route increased by almost 400%.
A local cycling association will install a device to register the register every month the increase of people riding across the cycle route. The excellent results and the success of the opening day of the cycle route have driven the local administration to consider closing Paulista Avenue to car traffic on Sundays. The goal is to extend São Paulo cycle routes network to 400 km within 2016 (here is a map of the current cycle paths).
After several years of fights, São Paulo’s commitment to a better cycle mobility, led the city to be awarded by the Institute of Transportation Development Policy.
In 2002 the association “Bicicletada” was established and it supported the organisation of several bike rides to ask for a better cycle mobility. After some cyclists died (their names are marked on the route through the notorious “Ghost Bikes”) and a boy got one arm amputated, there was a huge demonstration with a bike ride in Paulista Avenue on March 2015, to ask for the building of a cycle route.
Today, cycling activists are reaping the benefits of their initiatives. Let’s hope that the enthusiastic welcome to the new cycle route will reduce car traffic in the next years, in favour of cycle mobility.
Quest'opera è distribuita con Licenza Creative Commons Attribuzione - Non commerciale - Non opere derivate 4.0 Internazionale.
An online petition to the U.N., a documentary and a bike ride in Brazil, in occasion of the 2016 Olympics: here’s what the Bike4Truce project for world peace is all about.
One of the leading manufacturer of electric motors face the crisis and relies on electric mobility, building engines, batteries and bicycle parts itself.
Milan has announced one of Europe’s most ambitious mobility schemes, known as Strade Aperte (open roads). Its goal is to reduce cars in phase 2 of the lockdown by increasing bike lanes and pedestrian areas.
Formula 1, the world’s most important auto racing championship, has decided to turn the page and aim for carbon neutrality with the support of its teams, drivers and the whole racing circus.
From “hybrid” culture to the Olympics. Toyota and LifeGate, a decade together for sustainable mobility
Toyota and LifeGate began telling the story of hybrid mobility back in 2006, now, on the road to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, they’re still treading the path of sustainable mobility. Here are the main steps of the journey.
Germany’s first solar bicycle lane could be the prototype for the roads of the future. The photovoltaic tiles melt snow and ice, and are capable of absorbing noise.
The Vespa is back in an electric version. Production has just started and the first models can be reserved online starting from October.
The city of Utrecht, in the Netherlands, has inaugurated a bicycle path that brings together a bridge, the rooftop of a school and a garden.