Nowadays, as urban traffic is constantly growing, cycling through these roads has become an increasingly difficult task and when the structure created specifically for bicycle circulation is not adequate or is not in good condition, this tends to Make the situation of cyclists even worse.
From then on, when one imagines a city with good structural conditions to use the bicycle as an alternative of transport, comes soon to our head some European cities like Copenhagen for example.
But different from what many people imagine, in Brazil there are already some local initiatives that seek to change this reality in the country and to make cyclists have more and more elements available for cycling.
Soon we will mention some cities in Brazil that have elaborated some viable solutions for the use of bicycle as a form of transport, solutions that can be exported to other places of the country in an efficient and low cost.
However, first of all it should be mentioned that the cities mentioned here may also be being increased with the addition of new cities, because as time goes by other new cities are adopting more and more some measures to facilitate the use of the bicycle In its ways as is the case of Curitiba, São Leopoldo and Teresina for example.
Therefore the search for new information that involves the ideal places to ride cycling should always be performed. Let’s cite now some cities where cycling is already practiced with some ease.
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Due to its climatic and geographical conditions, Santos, which is located on the coast of the state of São Paulo, represents one of the cities with the most structure to practice urban cycling.
This city has around 20 km of open bike path, being possible to carry out a quiet pedaling both on the edge of the beach as well as in other areas of urban road because its bicycle paths are very well signposted.
These cycle routes are responsible for interconnecting a variety of regions of the city by going from the border with Saint Vincent to the port area. This extension of the cycle road network is important considering that the bigger the space for cyclists to be traveling the less the chances of them being present in the middle of the transit.
Sorocaba – SP
If you have a city that has in mind the bicycle as a means of transportation and that invests so that this reality continues to be present in your area is the city of Sorocaba in São Paulo.
With around 630 thousand inhabitants, Sorocaba is an example of a city where it is possible to revolutionize its transport system so that it is turned exclusively for cycling.
There are more than 60 km of roads in the city for the bikes to be in a quiet way where all the cycle paths present a standardization of the environment, being red pitches with lawn, shrubs and trees suitable to promote the harmonization of these environments.
According to the local city council, the idea is to increase even more the cycleway extension going from 60 km to 110 km, and best of all, it is not only about size, but investments with safety of cycle routes is also something exemplary, Where the tracks are very well paved, the signs and lighting are adequate and with that the accidents in these places are practically nonexistent.
In addition to the bike paths, the city has also created so-called paracycles in places of great circulation so that bicycles can walk more peacefully through these places.
This city is known internationally for its quality of life and the search for urbanistic solutions, especially with regard to transport, as bicycles are not left behind.
The capital of Paraná has a vast network of bicycle lanes since 1977 that is around 188 km of bike path.
However due to the lack of maintenance in some stretches of the bicycle lanes, with the presence of holes and signaling problems, the population ends up being afraid to circulate through these areas.
But this is a reality that has been changing in the city, because due to the manifestations of groups of cyclo-activists the local city hall ended up creating the so-called Cicloviário Master Plan that seeks to repair all the current cycle network and build more kilometers to extend the routes for which bicycles Circulate daily.
The purpose of the city of Curitiba is to be increasingly providing the development of cycle paths so that cyclists can enjoy this environment in the best possible way with quality and safety.
Rio De Janeiro
The wonderful city is certainly one of the most invested in terms of improving the lives of cyclists in your area, where it loses only to the city of Bogota in Latin America with regard to the extension of the bike paths.
In the main beaches of Rio de Janeiro, the cyclist will find long stretches of bike path that are usually used for physical activity or even for leisure.
One of these cycle paths goes from Leblon beach to the center of the city and is therefore a great option for those cyclists who, while in town, are thinking of jumping on the beach in Rio.
With more than 300 km of exclusive tracks for bikes Rio de Janeiro presents an ambitious project in which it intends to increase this extension to 450 km until the 2016 Olympics.
In addition, the city also has a system called Bike Rio that is geared towards bicycle rentals where there are currently around 600 bicycles spread over more than 60 stations available and the most interesting of all is that in transports such as subways, urban trains And even in boats the entrance of bikes at certain times is allowed.
For all these factors is that Rio de Janeiro is already considered a city that is friendly to cyclists who carry out around one million trips every day and this information is given by the local city.
Aracaju – SE
The city of Aracaju, capital of Sergipe, can also be cited with an example of a city in expansion and that invests in the bikes as a means to avoid the chaos that is installed constantly in the Brazilian traffic.
Featuring about 600 thousand inhabitants, Aracaju is the Brazilian city that has a large proportion of cycle lanes per number of residents, where the bicycle lane reaches a distance of about 100 km.
This city has already invested over 11 million in the expansion and structuring of roads that are unique to cyclists. The city has some bike stands that are maintained by the city hall.
It is important to mention that in this city the bicycle has always been used as a means of transportation because the flat geography of the city favors the practice of this activity by its residents.
The existing cycle plan in the city counts on the support of the federal government to be always investing in the safety issue for the best displacement in these places.
Certainly there is still a lot to be invested in this area because due to the daily cycle of people who use the bike paths to move around, the maintenance of these places is necessary continuously and always needs some reform or another.
AfuÁ – PA
This municipality, despite being small in extent, was known through a report that was broadcast on television showing that in the city in question there were no cars and all the urban transportation was done through bicycles. For this reason this city could not be off this list.
The city has about 40 thousand inhabitants and every time the Afuá River overflows it is practically impossible to traffic cars in that place.
As a result, bicycles became the most viable means of transport used by Afuá residents.
One of the local attractions is the presence of so-called bike-taxi, which is nothing more than non-motorized four-wheel vehicles made from the merger of two bicycles serving also as urban transport.
Brasília presents a traffic well known for the good conduct of its drivers who respect the pedestrian strips even if the lighthouse is open.
With its flat geography this panorama turns out to be ideal for the practice of cycling and for that reason the so-called Pedala-DF was created in the city, which is a cycle plan to be encouraging the use of the bicycle as a means of transportation.
Through this plan, large-scale bicycle routes have been built and new investments have been made to improve cycle paths so that cyclists can ride safely and safely.
In addition to the bike routes, Brasilia also presents bicycle and paracycle vehicles in the main subway stations and bus terminals so that it is possible to increase the number of people who use bikes to travel along the main avenues of the satellite cities.
With this, in view of the above, it is possible to realize that it is not only in foreign cities that one can have an adequate environment for the practice of cycling and that more and more Brazilian cities have invested to improve cycle paths and thus make possible the displacement Of more people by these routes using for that the good old bike of every day.
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