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  • Luis Patricio 23:28 on 5 October, 2008 Permalink |
    Tags: , carfree, , , English, Park(ing) Day,   

    Bicycle Month 2008 – part II 

    Besides all activities presented in the first part about Bicycle Month, there was a special planning for the World Carfree Day plus our traditional critical mass at the end of the month.

    Carfree Day – September 22th

    Our Park(ing) Day began early in the morning in XV de Novembro Street (close to Santos Andrade Square)

    At noon it moved to Dr. Faivre Street in front of Progepe where it was going to have a debate with the mayor candidates from Curitiba about sustainable mobility.



    Also on the 22th, a few downtown garbage cans gained life.

    Although not all candidates participate of the debate, it was good to hear people discussing non-motorized transportation in such serious ways. At the end, the candidate signed a “Commitment letter”.

    After the debate, around 5pm we moved once again to Amintas de Barros Street, a familiar place for us. It’s the meeting point for the monthly critical mass. Today, it would have a special one. More than 300 cyclists swept the crowded streets of downtown Curitiba at rush hour. The ride began at 6:45pm and lasted one hour and a half. Avenues five-lanes wide were completely taken by bicycles. It has never been so calm to cross these streets at rush hour. The feeling of freedom and security was such that six or seven cyclists took off their clothes for a brief moment to protest.

    Critical Mass – September 27th

    At the end of the month everybody was tired but extremely happy with the results of the Bicycle Month journey. Sure, we didn’t reach a substantial part of the city, but we raised a lot of questions, we brought the media and we catched the attention of a great number of people.

    But we still had our traditional ride. The surprise of the day was the official opening of the Oscar Niemeyer Museum Bikepark. See a detailed report in portuguese and lots of pictures at the September-08 Critical Mass post.

    Estréia do bicicletário no MON

    Museum new bikepark

    (see the original post in portuguese)

  • Luis Patricio 18:10 on 5 October, 2008 Permalink |
    Tags: , , English, , urban life   

    Bicycle Month 2008 – part I 

    Única ciclofaixa de Curitiba

    Única ciclofaixa de Curitiba

    We had a lot of good ideas for WCFD in Curitiba. However, it was impossble to promote a huge evento without support from municipalities. We would need authorization for closing streets, more buses available, a team to coordinate cultural activities, hire artists, set up food courts and shops, and produce material to broadcast and raise awareness throughout the city.

    Unfortunately, we noticed soon enough that the government didn’ want to help at all, just like the previous years. So, we decided to creat a lot of small events instead of a big one.

    After exposing the idea for groups and individuals that are in someway linked with the urban mobility issue in Curitiba, the basic principle to promote an event was quite simples: “Whoever came up with an idea should be responsible to execute it.”

    As we had a lot of them, it was created a blog to schedule all the activities, making it easier to broadcast and coordinate each of them. Everyone involved spreaded the word to his local community. At the end of August we had almost everything arranged and there were two basic kinds of activities: weekly and unique

    • Weekly

    Discussion Groups – Every Monday at 7pm

    Ivan Illich and the bicycle – The Revolution on two wheels (Claudio Oliver)

    Debate – Curitiba Cycle Network (Bicicletada Curitiba)

    Conclusions about the Commuter Challenge 2008( Center of Urban Traffic Psychology – UFPR)

    The bicycle issue in Brazil (Ministério das Cidades )

    Music to leave the car – Every Thursday at 6pm

    Vida na rua

    Life on the streets

    Quintetinho e amigos

    Caê Selector e Projeto Tábua

    Performance TAMO

    Mistura Brava e Anomalia Antipoluição

    • Unique

    Day 14: Movable Gardens

    The artist Leila Pugnaloni coordinates the walking activity.

    Day 16: Phto Exposition

    Opening “Less gasoline, More adrenaline” at Café Zau do Juvevê. Pictures of cyclists and urban life.

    Day 17: Urban Ride to the City Dump – Cachimba

    Do you know how much garbage you produce and what’s its destiantion? Pick up your garbage, come and see with your own eyes.

    Day 20: Cicle-Day

    carga, trike, mini etc...

    Feira de modelos: carga, trike, mini etc...

    Show para os ciclistas

    Show para os ciclistas

    Bike ride from downtown to the Centro Politécnico. A lot of attractions: prizes and surprises, musical shows and bike fair.

    These are a few highlights, see the list in portuguese with all the activities.

    See also the post about the World Car Free Day and the September Critical Mass Ride at second part about Bicycle Month.

    (see the original post in portuguese)

  • bicicletadactba 17:58 on 21 April, 2008 Permalink |
    Tags: car, casualties, English, social damage   

    The high cost of accidents in Curitiba 

    Originally published in November 11th, 2003
    A human life is priceless. But aiming to alert drivers and pedestrians of the risks of irresponsibility in the traffic, traffic agencies from all over the country usually calculate the costs of the accidents that happen in urban areas. And those can be frightening: up until September 2008 Curitiba spent over R$ 200 million on traffic accidents.

    This value is calculated based on a international table from the World Health Organization (WHO) which considers the damaged caused to the vehicles, the transport and treatment of the victims, social security and jury expenses, the money spent repairing traffic signals, police help, the use of others means of transportation and even the price from the loss of production (in case of death) amongst others.

    Form January to September of the current year, according to the military police’s traffic battalion (BPTran), 20,309 accidents in Curitiba were registered. From this total, 14,545 didn’t have victims; 5,764 were accidents with victims (wounded), 1,221 were runover and 93 with deaths (65 in the accident site).

    According to the WHO table, a victimless accident has a total cost of U$ 1,410 (R$ 4,070.67, according to the price of the dollar yesterday). Accidents with victims cost US$ 5,640 (R$ 16.282,68); runover, US$ 8,460 (R$ 24,424.02), and accidents with deaths US$ 141 thousand (R$ 407,067). Based on these values, the total cost of accidents in Curitiba between January and September 2008 comes to a total of R$ 200,859,069.81 (US$ 69,573,630).

    Considering only the deaths occurred in the accident site (the traffic department does not take in considerations the ones that happen after the accident) the cost goes down to R$ 189,461,193.87. The Institute of Applied Economic Research (Ipea), department linked to the Ministry of Planning, published last May a study on the social cost of accidents in urban areas. The numbers are smaller than WHO’s: R$ 3,262 for victimless accidents, R$ 17.460 for accidents with wounded victims and R$ 44,143 for the ones with death fatalities (the Ipea doesn’t specify the cost of runover). The medium cost of the accident, according to the Ipea, is R$ 8,782. The medium cost of the accidents with victims goes up to R$ 35,136. According to the Ipea’s table, the social cost of the traffic accidents that occurred this year in Curitiba, between January and September was R$ 161,490,529. Considering only the deaths on the accident site (65 up till now), the numbers go down to R$ 157,454,525.

    The Diretran, local department responsible for the traffic in Curitiba, uses the data from WHO, once the study by Ipea, named Social and Economical Impacts of the Traffic Accidents in Urban Areas, was realized based on data from only four Brazilian capitals: São Paulo, Porto Alegre, Recife and Belém.

    According to the Ipea, the average cost of hospital care for each patient ranges from R$ 645 to R$ 47,588, for hospitalized and non hospitalized ones respectively. “This translation to numerals is important”, says the director of traffic of Curitiba, Lanes Randal Prates. “A citizen that was never involved in an accident may not understand the sentimental side, but he will understand the financial aspect. If the numbers change the point of view from at least one citizen, it’s worth it”.

    Jornal Estado do Paraná

    portuguese version

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