Capital Needs 134.3 Km of Bike Paths

With only 5.7 kilometers of exclusive bicycle paths in goiânia, experts say that spaces are still little used by the population.

In order for Goiânia to have sustainable transportation, at least 134.3 kilometers of bicycle paths and other important changes in its public roads will be necessary. Those who claim are experts heard by TODAY and who questioned why the mere 5.7 kilometers of specific bicycle paths are little used by the population.

According to Eduardo da Costa Silva, coordinator of Pedal Goiano, a group that, in addition to cycling activities in the capital, also heads a public awareness campaign against excessive use of motor vehicles, the capital needs more than 140 kilometers of urban cycle paths, Which, according to him, are foreseen in the Master Plan of the city, but so far there are only 5.7 kilometers: 3.2 at T-63 and 2.7 at University Avenue. “We have been charging for bicycle paths for four years, but the main justification is always economic,” Eduardo laments.

For the coordinator in the Center-West region of the National Association of Public Transport (ANTP), Antenor Pinheiro, the capital “falls short of the great metropolis of the country”, with regard to urban mobility.”We are at least 20 years behind other major cities in the world, including Latin America.” Pinheiro praises the two bicycle paths in the capital, but points out faults in the system.”It is not enough to build the structure, it is necessary to implement management policies, encourage the use of cycle paths and integration with other transport,” he says.

For the doctor in transport and professor of Architecture and Urbanism at the Federal University of Goiás (UFG), Erika Cristine Kneib, the system, in order to work, needs planning. “To join the system, the user needs to feel secure; It is also necessary the construction of paracycles (outdoor parking), bicycle and integration with other public transport,”he points out.

Users

Leonardo dos Santos Silva, 18, is an employee of a conservation and cleaning services company, Anhanguera Park, and every day he cycles by bicycle the 3.2 kilometers of cycle paths from Avenida T-63 to the Sector New Switzerland. There he leaves the safe stretch and contests space between cars and motorcycles until he arrives at his house in Parque Amazonas, totaling just over six kilometers of pedal.”It helps a lot, but the course is short;Also lack surveillance, because if we are not careful we hit pedestrians,”he told the O TODAY report.

Electrician Jaisima Alves dos Reis, 38, runs every day from his home in the Solange Parque Sector, to New Switzerland, about 30 kilometers to and from work, but only slightly more than 1% of that bike path.”The track ends from nowhere in the New Switzerland Sector Square; There are planting grass now but we do not need grass, the bike path should continue,”demands.

City Hall Guarantees Investment In Mobility

By means of a note, the Metropolitan Transit Corporation (CMTC) reported that the urban mobility area in the capital has already guaranteed investments of more than R $ 145 million from the federal government, through the PAC-Pact for Mobility program. It foresees the implantation of preferential corridors of buses and cycle routes totaling about 40 kilometers in the avenues T-7, T-9, 85, Avenidas Independência and 24 of October and T-63, where there will be the complementation of the corridor and bicycle path.

Paradigm

According to CMTC’s analyst in construction and urban planning, Edney Bernardes de Paiva, the city has been struggling to buy time and implement measures and infrastructure to organize the transportation system in the capital.”We have been debating the transport system for a long time, but not enough to make it organized as we want,” he says. She says that the City Hall has a hard work ahead so that the cycle system is absorbed by the population of the capital.”We work for the bicycle to be transportation of leisure, sport and vehicle, but for that to happen we need to break paradigms and form a culture until we reach the goal.”

Edney also explains that the organization of traffic and the implementation of the cycle route system is a path without a return, since it is a requirement of the Federal Government through the Ministry of Cities. “By 2015 all municipalities in Brazil should have their Urban Mobility Plan developed and this project contemplates bus corridors, bike paths, and strategic points to complete trips such as bicycle and paracycle,” he reports.