Things I’ve Learned In São Paulo, Brazil “Cities were always like people, showing their varying personalities to the traveler. Depending on the city and on the traveler, there might begin a mutual love, or dislike, friendship, or enmity. Where one city will rise a certain individual to glory, it will destroy another who is not suited to its personality. Only through travel can we know where we…
São Paulo is one of the world’s largest megacities. It also has a disturbingly high rate of traffic accident fatalities. With traffic jams that would make even the most hardened Los Angeles or NY resident balk, it’s fair to say that the city isn’t exactly tailored to pedestrians.
But Paulista Avenue, the city’s famed main thoroughfare (it has some of the most expensive real estate in all of Latin America, and is home to frequent protests and parades alike) is getting an overhaul that should give pedestrian advocates hope: Beginning later this fall, São Paulo plans to close the lengthy street to cars every Sunday, letting cyclists, strollers, and rollerbladers roam free.
The city closed Avenida Paulista on Sundays throughout the summer as a pilot project, and found that it didn’t disrupt traffic flows. The majority of residents support the closure.
Every Sunday, the avenue is filled with people using all kinds of non-car transportation, musicians, cyclists and awestruck pedestrians.
Paulista Avenue is changing in other ways, too.
In June, Paulista Avenue got its first bike lane — a symbol of change in a city that built its first bike lane in 1975, but later turned it into a car tunnel.
Sure, it’s just one street in a sprawling metropolis, and plenty of other cities around the world have similar Sunday closures and bike lanes. But these are hopeful developments for a traffic-choked city that puts cars above all other forms of transportation.
More good news: the cita’s mayor has also said he plans to significantly expand São Paulo’s bike network from 40 miles to 248 miles by 2016.
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