How Was The Seminar On Urban Mobility On Board Of SP

Report of the “seminar on urban mobility and the non-motorized” modal, which happened in the Hall of the Municipal Council of Sao Paulo, on September 16 2011. The go Bike covered the seminar in real time via twitter.


Asuncion Banerjee, Coordinator of the Urban Mobility network GT Our Sao Paulo Joao Ribas, area coordinator of Diversity & inclusion of Serasa Experian Sergio Faria, inclusion consultant and project coordinator of Accenture Visualingual, Coordinator of public participation of Ciclocidade Patricia Gejer, road safety analyst of Brazil CESVI and representative of the movement no more Accidents.

Coordinating the table was Marco, Our movement Nordi Sao Paulo.

The first performance was the of Asuncion, addressing mostly elderly mobility and commenting on risk of falls in the urban environment and its consequences. Were displayed several images of sidewalks problematic with stairs, tilt, House moving in public space and impediments to movement as sentry boxes, tables and chairs, newsstands. In some cases, even the street furniture disrupts circulation and offers pedestrian hazards.

Asuncion also showed photos of sloping driveways that have railings, assists the pedestrian, mostly the elderly or with any limitation of mobility – when properly installed, as pointed out in one of the images.

Blanco showed SAC Protocol numbers of City Hall for all the images displayed, because the problems must be reported if the city changes. According to her, it may even take years to solve the problem in some of the cases, but he finally is served. And that’s one of the ways to change our city: officiating and filing our complaints, charging performance of public authorities. He finished with some suggestions to improve mobility for the elderly

The presentation of Asuncion Blanco is available here (on the site of Our Network).

Sergio, who sat at the table with your guide dog, had as its theme the mobility of a person with disabilities, especially the visual.

Explained why the pay phones are a risk to the visually impaired, suggesting they are replaced by another solution (cabins, for example). Are obstacles in a way ” ” air, difficult to set out with his cane and ignored by guide dogs trained abroad, where there is this kind of street furniture.

Trash on the street, in addition to preclude, represents risk of falling. And broken sidewalks or with a lot of irregularity are the visually impaired have to descend to the carrocavel bed, putting himself at risk amid

Vehicles. Sergio

Also commented a lot about the tactile floor and some good practices of implementation, reporting situations when floor takes your user to collisions with obstacles and even air stair banisters. Also commented on obstructions in tactile floor, damaging, and whose mobility depends on.

Go commentary of Bike: a bike well governed becomes silent and can be dangerous for a visually impaired or any pedestrian crossing the street as an afterthought. This is the vehicle, although non-motorized, who can and must avoid the crash (the biggest takes care of the minor, as the law and common sense). Cyclists observe the pedestrians and use the “trim-trim” when it is necessary to warn someone about your presence!

Joao Ribas, with decades of experience with accessibility, exposed on the mobility of the disabled person, especially the wheelchair accessible.

Told the story of a wheelchair that takes 4 hours in commuting to work (and the same time then for the back). The boy lives away and, besides the three tracks, still need to move for a long stretch in your wheelchair, because there is no accessible bus lines (with low floor) next to your workplace. Ribas commented that the sidewalks are so bad in the city that the chairs have as a practice to use the street, having to put yourself at risk amid vehicles.

Go commentary of Bike: I seen cars honking madly for a wheelchair that in addition to not being able to finish the crossing before the signal open, still had to use the right lane to move. Maybe they chafe even more because he was homeless, people considered by many to be without rights, or even as a non-” people “. I ended up doing ” shadow ” for him with the bike until I could get past the parked cars and approach more.

On Joao Ribas lecture, there were several important phrases to better understand that the city is for everyone and that we are all a single social organism. Explained that all depend on everyone, that the work of the citizens are responsible together for the functioning of the city and society. ” as we are interdependent, we have to live in an environment that is good for all “.

Thinking of others and collaborating with all, we benefit ourselves. Make the city accessible is inclusion. And improves the city for everyone, not just the disabled. ” As a deaf person does to wake up in the morning, if you don’t hear the ringing alarm clock? “. Explained that there are doubts of people without disabilities or mobility constraints on details of everyday life. Commented that it is necessary to better know the routine and the difficulties of disabled people, to know how to make a city for all.

“the difference, actually, is the wealth of mankind”. Perfect!

Representing the Ciclocidade and the urban cyclists, Visualingual began showing that only 30 percent of the population moves in individual motorized transport. Although 33% of offsets on foot and 37% in public transportation, the city is built primarily to meet the offset in.

Spider exhibited several pictures with bad examples in the use of sidewalks and bands, even by PM and CET, which should set an example. With official vehicles disregarding the pedestrian space, the average citizen tends to disregard, too, because the rule and the law don’t you seem to be taken seriously.

Go commentary of Bike: on the same day, on Avenida Paulista, a municipality in the official car interior made a conversion prohibited, under the nose of a CET with which I was talking. He noted the Board, saying it would further information on chain of command, but that only would result in a reprimand, unfortunately. And comment as this bad example makes ordinary people feel entitled to also disregard the signs and the law. Have you seen “? Along with this they turned two more. So far no one was doing it here ” commented agent.

Carlos showed in images that society recognizes as a successful person who has a car. And bad examples in advertising, which stimulate to aggression in traffic. Commented on the transit and bicycle law, noting that it is a vehicle that can and should use the streets, with preference on the

Motor vehicles.

Showed that the bike is more used to work (71%). Only 4% of displacements are due, contrary to what many people think, that place of bike in the Park. Stated that a lot of people don’t take the train, subway or bus because the station or terminal is far to walk, but at a distance considered short for a bicycle. Going on integration and/or bike racks, these people could leave the car at home to make a trip.


To solve, need bike lanes? In some places Yes, as avenues of large flow, but the essential thing is to share the space. Comply with article 201 of the code, which determines a distance of 1 m to overtake a cyclist, along with article 220, which requires slow to accomplish this override, would solve the issue in all situations.

The focus of CET shouldn’t be round Robin and blue zone, aimed the fluidity, but ensure respect for life and safety to all users. Recalled that it is happening gradually, with the pedestrian protection campaign, the decrease in the speed of the process and other initiatives, but the change is still shy.

Carlos showed pictures of cities where extreme weather conditions, negotiating and other reasons commonly pointed not to encourage cycling do not restrict such use. Commented that despite the bike being answered by Green and environment departments and sports and leisure meet the bike, the Municipal transport (SMT) must meet the bicycle as a vehicle, such as transportation, as part of the traffic.

“While the Government does not, citizens do”, said Carlos spider, showing scenes of activism, in which cyclists perform actions on the streets demanding the enforcement of legislation, the end of impunity, I respect your choice and security for it. He ended saying that “a good city for the disabled, good for cyclists, is a city more harmonious and better for everyone”.

The presentation of Charles Spider is available here.

Patricia Gejer told about the movement no more Accidents, which has as a goal the implementation of a National Road Safety Plan and talked about and the undersigned that the movement is producing to turn over to the authorities.

Showed in figures that Brazil has more fatalities in traffic to other countries: we have twice as many fatalities per vehicle that Argentina, four times more than the United States and eight times more than the United Kingdom. In 2009, dead and wounded were 37,600 123,500. Shameful numbers. The estimated economic impact, for 2009, was R$ 34 billion. This value corresponds, for example, the estimated cost of the bullet train SP-RJ (and this train is leaving expensive).

Patricia also showed movement’s actions, such as totem poles installed on streets of major cities showing a counter with the number of traffic deaths that day. The movement also conducts campaigns, lectures and events on the topic. Also aired a video with Mara Gabrilli for the campaign, telling how a traffic accident has changed your life.

Patricia Gejer presentation is available here.

Final considerations

In the final considerations, Visualingual remember “we all have to be agents of change” and that “not to complain, we’re being colluding”. Citizens should use the phone 156 or the SAC, both from City Hall, the 1188 (CET) for traffic problems, signs, vehicles on the sidewalk and, in the latter case, the Ombudsman of the City Council, when these first two features not resolve.

Asuncion summoned citizens to occasionally hide in your course the problems found on sidewalks, to report on the website of SAC city. Write down address, date, time and description of the problem, to inform on the phone or on the Web site 156.

Visualingual explained why also not always a “accident” is really an accident. Often it’s a crime, because it could have been avoided but was caused by irresponsible behaviour, despite the clear risk that behavior.

Public participation

The microphone was made available to the public present, who expressed your opinion on the subject, with comments from the table. Willian Cross, take the Bike, took the opportunity to answer some of the questions and concerns about the use of the bicycle in the streets, raised by the citizens present.

See also a report on the seminar in Our Sao Paulo network website.