On day 9 of July happened in Sao Paulo the Forum Week of Cyclist – trends, promoted by the collective Libvee, in partnership with SESC Pinheiros. Here’s what happened there and how lectures.
Opening the event, Daniel Guth spoke a little about the Libvee. Then we saw a relaxed making of the video presentation of the project. Was made a short presentation of the participants, as they were called on stage.
The Forum began with lectures of individual guests. Below, a few comments about each one of them.
Didn’t do notes because I was actively participating in the Forum, so I try to pull of memory, forgive me if there are not many details.
Cicloativista and creator of the website Go to Bike
The first lecture was my, where I spoke a little about how the cyclist is seen by society, the prejudice that still exists with the use of the bicycle and the motives that lead people pedaling.
Commented that the concept of cyclist represents a temporary situation, which lasts as long as the person is making use of the bicycle, as well as the pedestrian situation lasts while walking down the street. Should not be seen as a
The site I’ll Bike is publishing the audio of lectures in your podcasts. My lecture has been made available in this podcast. The audio of the lecture begins at 45 ’25.
Author of Copenhagenize sites and Copenhagen Cycle Chic
In this first presentation, Mikael Colville-Andersen talked about the movement Cycle Chic and how it began, from a photo that wasn’t your intention.
Was a picture I wanted to just show the people on the streets, in what was the daily life of Copenhagen, but impressed by the elegance of a girl in your bike and show the world that cycling can be “chic”. This picture has inspired people all over the world to use the bike and was known as “the picture that launched a million bicycles”.
Later, during the session of questions, someone in the audience asked to see this photo, but Mikael didn’t have it available. That’s why I play here on this page (click to enlarge).
John Claudino Junior
President of Houston Bikes
Who expect a vision of the use of the bike as means of transport limited to consumers with lower purchasing power and in smaller towns, the speech of John Claudino Junior, President of the Houston, surprised. In addition to addressing mobility, Chavan Junior commented on the bike and your production market in the country.
As was aware of the speech, unfortunately I didn’t make notes and even comments on Twitter, so pulling of memory now I can’t quote a lot. I’m sorry. But soon the audio of the presentation will be available and put the link here…
Municipal Secretary of Environment and green
The cicloativistas that come with the job of the Secretary a few years ago already know your willingness to encourage cycling in the city of Sao Paulo, mainly for being a non-polluting means of transport.
With your good humor and simplicity, Eduardo Jorge recounted his experiences when using the bike on the street, saying that “had to try”, to see what it was like. Talked about the difficulty of working in favour of the bicycle in the Government, the existing race culture. “Years ago, said that encouraging the bike was madness, you’d die. Today begins the change”. Commented yet to change public policy “is how to maneuver a transatlantic”: you get the change back to a day ahead, begin to feel the change of direction.
The Secretary also spoke about the importance of public bike racks in the city and showed the way to know a culture of respect to the bike in the city. “the Centaur formerly had four legs, today has four wheels. The man [within] turns, goes wild. A work of a culture of peace, coexistence in traffic, it’s very important”.
Showing favour to sharing via, the Secretary said that “even when we have 1000 km of cycle paths, let’s continue with 17000 km of roads without bike lanes”, so we need to respect. There is no way agree.
As always comment here on the Go, the culture of cycling needs to be built through respect, because even though we have an extensive, comprehensive cycling mesh and efficient, at some point the rider will have to leave her to go to the door of the House – and need respect.
Councillor of the municipality of Sao Paulo
Councilman Gilberto Natalini talked about economic benefits, and environmental health. Among the several examples cited, stated that “the greatest blood sugar reducer is cycling”, referring to the control of diabetes.
Commented that “our culture still don’t accept”, but pointed out that this has changed. “there are discussions [in Government] about the pros and cons to encourage bicycle, and the pros today are already gaining”.
“cycling is a change that is here to stay.” –
Said the councilman.
At the end of the presentations, was opened a space for questions, which ended up being more used to express opinions. Remember a question about the quality of bicycles and accessories, which generated a short debate on taxation and Government incentives for the production and use of the bicycle.
Between the views of those who, in the audience, had access to the microphone, he excelled that of André Pasqualini, Manicstreetjournal Institute, who made a nice speech about cycling, public authorities, changes, adding the event information and relevant opinions on the matter debated.
Magna lecture of Colville-Andersen
Began the keynote address of the Forum, with slide show. COLVILLE-Andersen presented your lecture “Four Goals for Promoting Urban Cycling” (“four goals to promote urban cycling”).
Bike must be natural
Mikael started saying that their friends think weird travel the world talking about bikes. In Copenhagen, all have, everyone wears, is something as common as a vacuum cleaner. Showed pictures of everyday life in Copenhagen, with people of all kinds using the bike: businessmen, families, elderly. There’s not a niche bike, nor minority answering thing
Showing images that showed the use of the bicycle in the city, even under snow, Colville-Andersen commented that “25% of couples with more than 2 children have a cargo bike”. “In Copenhagen there is cyclists. Bike is part of life, like walking”.
The example of Copenhagen
“from the years 50, began taking the bikes to give space to” cars. In a slow and gradual process, with no major catalyst of change, the city of Copenhagen has managed to bring back the bicycle culture in a period of 30 years. Of course, without any special effort, only by the will of the people.
“In a city like Sao Paulo, it is possible to take advantage of this know-how to change the culture in just 5 years”, said Colville-Andersen. And the purpose of your speech is exactly that: transmit, succinctly, the key points for this change.
Encouraging cycling and the controversy of the helmet
In a real school for cicloativistas and public authorities, showed that we must always show the use of the bike as something positive and normal, not something alternative, disruptive and dangerous.
Explained that people need to seek identification with those who use the bike, so rider of sportswear and helmet will not attract the attention of anyone who thinks in cycling to work as a person wearing normal clothes, from day to day (see the text the importance of cycle chic, here at go Bike). Contrary to mandatory helmet use, said she discourages people to adopt the bicycle, by passing the image of a sport of risk rather than a means of locomotion.
Most people don’t want to be cyclist, you’re not going to use the bike to practice sport or save the nature, but can accept to use it as a fast, efficient and pleasant to get somewhere. “the focus should be for the people who still do not use bicycle to do day to day things with her”.
Still in the discussion regarding the use of the helmet, Mikael said being part of a group of studies on helmet use in Copenhagen and commented that there are studies proving that helmet use in cars also would decrease head injuries, even with air bags, but that there is not the slightest interest in disclosing it or make your use, not to diminish sales.
Showed two attempts to encourage the use of helmets in cars (for both the driver and the passenger), one of the years 80 and another from 2001. Obviously, were muffled and forgotten and no one wears a helmet when entering a car nowadays. “If you agree to wear a helmet on the bike, all well”. What we can’t do is to make this use, or put it as essential item to be able to use the bike, not to discourage anyone who thinks in start. And that the auto industry knows very well…
Excessive use of automobile
Mr. Copenhagenize said that we need to stop ignoring the evils of excessive automobile usage and we need to stop playing into the hands of automakers, when we do advertising without realizing the mobility model based on the private car. People speak well of the car all the time, even though all the evils that use your cause to the city. It’s time to stop that.
The bike and
Said that the bike is a simple vehicle that shows the person who uses it. You don’t see vehicles, things: you see people going places. It humanizes the transit and the city, allows interaction and civility. And pointed out that it is necessary to take the cycling subculture, the housing, and turn it into something ordinary, accessible to all, showing that the person does not need to change to use the bike. Just sit in one and ride to where you want to go.
Told that the city of Copenhagen discovered that encourage bicycle brought profit to the city, while encouraging the automobile brought prejudice. By adopting the bike, people live longer and better and be more productive.
Showed how major cities have done to encourage bicycle use, basically reducing the maximum speed of 30 km/h for roads and encouraging rent and bicycle sharing.
The presentation of Mikael Colville-Andersen was a bicycle class and how the bicycle can contribute to making cities better.
The lecture ended with the video “Copenhagen – city of cyclists”:
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