According to the calculations of the NGO Active Transport, daily 1 million bicycle trips are made in the city
With a little more than 370 km of bicycle lane (the largest in the country), the city of Rio wants the title of “Bike Capital” for her. The goal of the city is to build 450 km of bike paths, lanes, sidewalks and pathways shared by 2016, the year of the Olympics, and encourage people to choose the bicycle as a means of transport.
Today, according to the calculations of the NGO Active Transport, daily 1 million bicycle trips are made in the city. While acknowledging the improvements, cyclists say infrastructure and safety are still lacking.
According to the Municipal Secretary of Environment, Altamirando Moraes, responsible for the cycling network, the goal is that by 2019, 15% of trips are made with the “skinny” (today is only 5%).
“We want to encourage the rational use of the car because we know that it is possible to have a city with sustainable mobility, coupled with quality public transport.”
The city has 10 000 places for bicycles, between public and private, of them in train stations, subway, ferry and BRT (exclusive corridor for buses) and the rider can board them.
Scream. By law, 5% of vacancies in malls, supermarkets and new buildings should be reserved for cyclists. New buildings also have to offer locker rooms.”It’s hard to sell the culture that the city is for people and not for the automobile, but I realize that coexistence has improved. I see that screaming in Sao Paulo (people who are against the expansion of cicloviário system) and I remember the beginning here (in 2010),”said Under Secretary, who is also a cyclist.
BikeRio, a bicycle rental project in partnership with the city government and private companies, also helped to increase the number of cyclists in the city. For $ 10 a month it is possible to choose an orange tree, as they were known, in one of the 116 stations and return it to another point in the city. In two years will be 260 stations, each with capacity for ten bikes.
Safety. The west zone has the largest road network and more vacant, however, the demand for the center is high. Many cyclists complain about the lack of places, cycle paths on the main roads, lack of safety and lack of respect for drivers. Moraes acknowledges the difficulties, but emphasizes that the center goes through a series of urban transformations and, therefore, only three of the 33 planned routes were installed.”We advance, but as far as possible,” says Moraes. And if you want to buy your own bicycle, you need to consider the size of your bicycle for the sake of comfort and safety, click buying tips for how to choose the right size for you.
Morador de Piedade, in the northern area, journalist Jorge Lourenço, 28, stopped going to work in the center of the bicycle for lack of security.
“Cycles are missing linking the regions of the city and places in the places of great demand. The traffic laws are disrespected all the time and the cyclist only escapes accidents because he is always very attentive.”
Ice deliverer Raimundo Nonato, 53, was not so lucky. He was run over and today has a scar on his left thigh.
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