How Was the Forum on Mobility with David Byrne

Do I here a summary commented how it was and what was said in the Forum Cities, bicycles and the future of mobility, occurred on July 12, in Sao Paulo, with the presence of the musician and writer David Byrne, author of Bicycle diaries and former lead singer of the band Talking Heads.

The path of the Sesc Pinheiros, found the Talita Noguchi. I found out I was late (I got confused and I thought it was at 7:30 pm) and pasted in the vacuum of the girl, who was flying with your fixed stylish blue and yellow. Soon after arriving, a beautiful scene: dozens of bikes lined lada by side on both sides of the street, occupying the same space would be occupied for only four or five cars.

The bike rack on the street by Ciclocidade, prepared with paraciclos in inverted U to not hurt the bike, was crowded, but the cyclists kept coming in droves. I was instructed to descend the ramp to park in the inner bike rack, which was also crowded. I put my bike on the Andre Pasqualini, who identified by stickers of the Institute Manicstreetjournal and the u-lock forever attached to the trunk (he lost the key and now she lives there).

Adding the bikes outside with the second basement, there should be at least a hundred. To climb, too much, but a lot of people known. The helmets, caramanholas, “messenger” bags and other accessories denounced those who had come by bicycle. A lot of press, too. The Auditorium, with 1000 seats, was packed and there were people standing in the door.

More than 1000 people attended the Sesc Pinheiros to hear a cicloativista. Who would have thought. Sao Paulo begins to change and there is no going back.

Below, the main points of each lecture, with the commentaries of the go Bike.

David Byrne

The name of the artist was certainly the biggest gimmick of the event. What a guy who was so successful in music has to say about bicycles and mobility? That’s what a lot of people wondered.

Byrne started your lecture showing some misguided artistic conceptions of how cities should be in the future. They showed cities without people, in which human beings lived confined in large buildings or towers, as large termite mounds. And showed a design of city of the future, presented by General Motors many decades ago, in which the cities were composed of towers to confine people and a multitude of clues and viaducts for traffic. The city of dreams for GM.

The next slides showed many dead areas in cities that have adopted mobility by car as its focal point. With the public space given over to cars, both through such as large parking areas, people just disappear from many parts of the city.

In Sao Paulo have many examples: squares surrounded by bars and forgotten by people who only go through there; decaying areas under viaducts, as under the minhocao, inhospitable places for people, as the narrow sidewalks, destroyed and nonexistent in many points in the marginals; bridges that prevent people crossing, so as not to affect the flow.

Byrne pointed out that Sao Paulo (and I would extend this to Brazil) has a lot of diversity and this is a positive point, because it facilitates the changes. Said including believe be easier to change Sao Paulo San Francisco (USA) – and SF is also a city with a lot of cultural and ethnic diversity.

Showing a graph showing the amount of accidents involving cyclists in New York, pointed out that the more people cycling, less accidents happen. I’ve commented it out here and it’s not about speculations of rocker: there’s a study to prove it.

And cicloativista closed by saying that “if there are more women on bicycles, men, of course, the” will follow. The comment, although amuse the audience, was perceived as true.

The lecture did not present many novelties for the cicloativistas, who already know what color was introduced by Byrne. But it showed that the Brazilian bicycle is aligned with what the cicloativista need to communicate. And it was important for people outside of the medium have been paying attention to what we do around here for years, being taxed exaggerated, disgusted, out of tune with reality. Byrne, unlike, is cool and.

Arturo Alcorta

One of the cicloativistas with more time to fight for the bike in the country, the talk of Arturo Alcorta began with many images of New York and other cities in the world, where the public space was reclaimed by the people, with pedestrian areas, cycle paths, lanes and bike routes. Showed the American city cycling fabric and pointed out that “the problem of Sao Paulo is mainly lack of project”.

Criticized the lack of reaction of the society, citing some problems of Sao Paulo that are not discussed by society, like for example the ton of money buried in the New Marginal, not solved problem and consumed resources that could have been better used in other areas.

Finally, criticized the principle of boos that occurred when the Secretary of transportation and Chairman of CET, Marcelo Branco, had been called to the table. And I have to agree with Arturo: it was not only disrespectful, but a poor assessment of what happened there that night: the mere fact of the responsible for the traffic in the city participate personally in a forum in which they discussed mobility by bicycle would be cause for applause.

Its predecessor would be doesn’t care about the event. His presence, even if he had been just to watch, I would be fairly representative. Which brings us to the comments on your talk.

Sandra Barrera

White started saying that I wanted to do an exhibition about the Bikelane for leisure, but decided to adapt your presentation to what was being discussed.

The Secretary talked about improvisation and liked what I heard. Started by quoting a sentence from Danish architect and urban planner Jan Gehl.  Would the project cities for People starting to bring results? Expect from your part a timid defense of the movement of persons, with the argument does not affect the movement of vehicles, was surprised enough.

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Your speech, Sandra Barrera said that “the lack of understanding of what the city is for people is what led to the current situation”. Said that the CET (Companhia de Sao Paulo traffic engineering) is a company that was created with a culture focused on the individual vehicle, which was designed to give fluidity to the traffic. He also said that the “model of investing in individual transport is a model broke the world” and the big cities who have invested in this model are all today in trouble.

Pointed out that bike paths and lanes have your space, but fundamentally we have to get the and sharing that does not believe that the solution is to create segregated roads in the city. “The Bikelane for leisure has the merit of throwing this out to share via”. Reported that this weekend will be inaugurated the route from Brooklyn, based on sharing, project that he wants “expand to other neighborhoods and to the whole city”. “Break that paradigm [sharing the tracks] is essential”.

Unlike your predecessor, who believed that fluidity is more important than life, white said that the prioritization ” pedestrians can eventually generate a slowdown, but it is an option that the city has to do. The city needs to make a choice by the people and not by ” vehicles. He cited initiatives such as the reduction of the maximum speed of the roads and the reduction of the time between the pedestrian crossings and said part of the difficulty in making that comes from complaints that some sectors of society [accustomed and accommodated with historically given prioritization to auto] make these initiatives, classifying them as ticket industry. “does not have fine” industry, said White.

His speech surprised those who expected a more timid positioning, or even criticism of the use of the bicycle. Congratulations, Secretary.

Keep moving.

Eduardo Vasconcellos

Talking to security, showing intimate knowledge of what was said and justifying everything with numbers, Vasconcellos made the lecture which was the most applauded of the Forum without slides. Was even interrupted by applause at a given moment, have impressed the audience with one of his phrases (unfortunately I can’t remember now what it was).

Was a lot of information at once and I couldn’t write it down, so will the most important, or the thing that impressed me most. Vaithilingam said that a moving car takes up an average of 50 m2 (varies with the speed), while a bicycle opcupa on average 2 m2 (reported also, the space occupied by pedestrians, public transportation and other vehicles, but got lost and I didn’t notice).

Based on the figures presented, it appears that the middle class that uses the automobile uses 12 times more public space than the lower classes. Therefore, build roads is antidemocratico, because it gives priority to the use of public space for those who use the automobile to the detriment of lower social classes.

Said that the number of 7 million cars is a myth, we have 4 million at most, but 600,000 stop the city at the end of the day. This comment, we give here the link where can be found the amount of registered vehicles in the city – click fleet of vehicles by type. Note that not everyone in this sum are in fact private cars, but the cars are more than 5 million (although maybe not everyone is in use). As to the amount required to stop the city, the number disclosed recently by the CET is to 456,000. This number is in vehicles, including buses, trucks, motorcycles, etc. If we consider only the cars, we will have an even smaller amount.

Commented that “still here the pedestrian is grateful for the driver who stops at” and that “track that is one of the biggest signs of lack of civility”. We shouldn’t have to be thankful for, it should be something common.

Vaishnav made two proposals to improve mobility in the city: “download speed on cida inteirinha, not just in the avenues: residential areas to 30 or 40 download km/h” and take streets cars.excellent Lecture.

Questions

The following

Were read a few questions from the audience. The highlights were the answers below, which were summarized without changing the sentences said.

Byrne: “Share is possible, motorists learn. Bike lanes are preferred, but you can’t make them all over town. For the rest, you have to share”. Perfect.

White: “leisure Bikelane was designed to be, is not the best route for bicycles. To be used for transport, transport characteristics. Is being done study to see which sections are suitable for transportation”.

White: “it is essential to decrease the speed. The number of accidents and deaths falls precipitously. In Brooklyn, the speed is going to be regulated at 30 km/h this speed is essential reduced”.

Eduardo Vasconcellos: “society was like motorized wanted the elites. We’ve already lost the first time. It’s time to go to the second.”

See also:

Congress in Rio brought ideas to the mobility that had worked in other cities of the world

 

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