The first workshop Bikeabilitytook place on the 25th of September at Escola Britânica de Artes Criativas in Vila Madalena.
During the first Bikeability workshop, Martijn de Waal, coordinator of the Citizen Data Lab research project at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, talked about bikeability in Amsterdam and presented various projects. He used statistics to show the impact of biking on a city’s climate, health, traffic and economy.
Participants included students of design and economics, teachers, activists and engaged cyclists. Experts discussed the bikeability climate and discovered several challenges facing the biking community.
Albert Pellegrini, an urban mobility consultant at Ogangorra, showed some dramatic pictures of conditions on our bike paths, some of which are blighted by poles and steps. He talked about the history of cycling and the foundation of the Cyclist Square on Paulista Avenue. André, who is developing an app for bikers called Woole, explained that the status that comes with car ownership is still part of our culture, and listed some of the challenges faced by cyclists in São Paulo. Daniel, now developing MubMaps, an app that helps cyclists bike around the city, noted that the bigger and better the bike path, more cyclists there will be. Tina, from the Bike Anjo community, raised the issue of harassment of woman bikers on the street, and said that today it has become necessary to create a specific group to address this issue. Camila, also from Bike Anjo, spoke of the importance of thinking about bike paths outside the central area, on the periphery, which is often forgotten, and also the issue of connecting with public transport.
Divided into groups, the participants cycled on different paths. Along the way, they made some images using the app Snappthis, mapping the challenges and opportunities of cycling in São Paulo. By the end of the day, three groups had developed ideas about one of the issues raised by the mapping. The ideas were entitled: ‘Storytelling as persuasive technology’, ‘Signalization’ and ‘Intermodal transport’.
Report by Julia Bac.