How Was The Cycle-Debate With Willian Cross And Soninha Francine

Disclosure the night this Tuesday, July 19, happened in the Roses, in Sao Paulo, the third cycle of discussions this month by Shimano, with the theme urban mobility. The speakers were Willian cross, cicloativista and author of the site Go to Bike, and Frazer Francine, a journalist who was once Deputy Mayor and subprefeita

In Sao Paulo.

As the talks were long, the schedule ended up extending beyond the limit and could not make room for interaction with the public, unfortunately. I apologize. Below, a brief summary.



Willian Cross started talking about the current problems of mobility in the city and showing the bicycle as an alternative. Highlighted its benefits to the people and to the cities and detailed several ways to encourage your use. Commented also on the role of public agencies as agents of that change, citing actions that have been made and others that could be implemented.

So that more people will opt for the bike, you need to make your safe use, easy and desirable. For this, the sharing of the roads is essential – as has perceived the CET (traffic engineering company of Sao Paulo). Officiate your presence on the streets, discouraging the use of cars and make people accept having a first experience are also important actions.


William talked about many myths that need to be knocked down, like to go would be a dangerous thing, breathe the polluted air to the pedal would make unhealthy activity and that undermining your usage rises. Closed showing how we can all contribute to this change.

Soninha Francine

Addressing the theme with a focus on the city, Soninha Francine showed that the transport sector is largely responsible for the emission of pollutants in the city, urban and mobility disabilities exemplify exhibited photos of infrastructure and possible support for the use of bicycles as a rack in front of the bus.

Soninha showed still difference of occupation of public space when using car, bike and bus and uneven distribution between housing and employment, which forces people to travel for long distances daily, losing in rest and conviviality with family.

Showed examples of urban planning that force people to use a car, for both work and to access basic services and trade. Further explained on the special areas of social interest, obliging the undertakings in certain parts of the city to meet a standard to meet the lower social classes, as it tramitou in the House and at what point is today.


Go’s lecture of Bike was quite praised on twitter. I appreciate the presence and the support. There was a lot more to be said and I had to run a little with the content. I know that I wasn’t very didactic, but there will be other opportunities to discuss it further.

To those who were present, if any criticisms or suggestions submitted content I’d like to hear them. I ask you to use the comments space.

Some people have asked me the content presented, but as they are summarized to serve as support for the lecture, I prefer to publish it with greater detail and in a series of articles. I intend to do it gradually, for reasons of time, but I’m not going to withhold the information, which can be one of the references to stimulate change the city and people need.

I hope you take opportunities arise again to you this discussion, in a deeper way and with audience interaction. It is important for all of us, bikers or not. We all deserve a city more human, more democratic and more agreeable, where we can live in a more harmonious and happy.

See also the summary and photos made by Shimano

The cycle-debate is conducted by Shimano, produced by Poiesis and counts on the support of the Government of Sao Paulo, Secretary of culture and of the roses.

See also:

Urban mobility and –-Cycle bike debate in SP A bike and Cycle –-Press debate in Sao Paulo-Shimano debates Cycle about mobility by bicycle Shimano wants to popularize (even more) the bike go Bike will participate in the Forum with Colville-Andersen event with Willian Cross debate how to ride safely in SP