Jon Orcutt Highlights Social Value of Bike Paths

This morning, the Regional Articulation Workshop “Ciclovias SP”, started in the morning (10/11), in an important partnership between the Institute for Transport and Development Policies (IDTP) and the Traffic Engineering Company (CET). To improve the processes of implementation of the cycle network in the city of São Paulo.

The supervisor of the Cycle Planning Department, Suzana Leite Karagiannidis, presented the general guidelines of the SP 400km Program, highlighting the valorization of the bicycle as a necessary and differentiated transport policy for the well-being of citizens in Fernando Haddad management.

It is the duty of the agents involved in the project to “ensure the fulfillment of the goal established through actions shared within the guidelines of the Municipality of the Municipality, with a stimulus to the use of the bicycle and the investment in the implantation and expansion of the infrastructure in our city.” And he concluded: “we want to make bike paths reach all regions of the city”.

Mobility specialist Jon Orcutt has since demonstrated successful experiences with the process of rolling out the cycling network in New York, the management of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and current Bill Blasio.

According to the coordinator of the workshop, the project gradually received support from the citizens, since a series of aspects focused on social welfare were implemented, such as functionality, practicality, security, opening of new public spaces, integration between modes and low cost for Government coffers.

He emphasized, in this context, the constructive participation between government and population in the debates for road adaptation. “The popular resistances gradually gave way to the desire to count on the cycle path in the neighborhoods, that is, at the doors of their houses. The discussions helped us improve cycling flow,” he said.

The traffic accident rate in New York has declined “dramatically”, according to research, from the use of the bicycle, which currently stands at 6,000 units. Not surprisingly, according to Orcutt, two in three citizens support the initiative.

As in São Paulo, the bicycle path in New York has become an integral part of political guidelines. He cited, as an example, the case of bicycle lane design, drawn up with his actual participation, which was approved by the Department of Transportation of the homonymous state. “We have invested in parameters such as study, traffic analysis and its adequations to reach standardization, which today is a worldwide benchmark of applicability, even ratified by law.”

“Today for the citizens of New York, cycling is a source of pride. I’m sure São Paulo is on the right track, where this important modal will transform people’s lives,” said the expert at the end of his talk.

After the exhibitions, participants-departmental technicians, managers and planning superintendents of CET, as well as representatives of the Subprefeituras – participated in group dynamics, where they exchanged various experiences of the work produced and launched perspectives for the development of the cycle network in the city.

The Regional Articulação CicloviaSP workshops will also be held in the Subprefeituras de Santana (11/11), Vila Mariana (12/11) and Lapa (13/11), from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.