Brazilian Bicyclists On the Move!

March 6th, 2012 by ccarlsson

Just back from a great visit to Porto Alegre and Sao Paulo. In Porto Alegre I was a guest of the First World Bike Forum there and wrote about it over on my blog.

Here’s a video of the biggest ever Critical Mass in Porto Alegre that took place on the evening of Friday Feb. 24, 2012:

 

Massa Crítica do Fórum Mundial da Bicicleta 2012 from Rodrigo Langeani on Vimeo.

I went to Sao Paulo and visited friends there, and had the pleasure of visiting the Praça do Ciclista on Avenida Paulista, the original starting point for Sao Paulo’s Massa Critica or Bicicletada, meeting up with dozens of local cyclists, and riding to Mano Na Roda, the local equivalent of our Bike Kitchen.

Officially renamed "Praça do Ciclista", a small median on the huge Avenida Paulista in Sao Paulo.

More Love, Less Motors (cars)--graffiti on the ground at Praça do Ciclista.

Everyone gathered for a group shot...

Off we went on a fun ride through town, here on Paulista amidst the usual traffic madness.

The local Bike Kitchen.

While we partied, some folks fixed bikes!

Staging a bike ride through the streets for TV Globo.

I gave a bicycling interview to TV Globo and they said they’d air it on Friday at the noon national newscast, but the lead story was the morning’s tragedy: another woman cyclist crushed by a bus on Avenida Paulista. As it turns out, four other cyclists were killed on Brazilian roads the same day. Bicyclists across the country were finally pushed over the edge. Over 1,500 cyclists showed up in pouring rain to stage a massive die-in last Friday night at the spot where the woman was killed. Today, March 6, mass rides were held in many Brazilian cities, and in Sao Paulo, the largest city in Brazil by far, thousands of cyclists jammed the main street and demonstrated in front of the municipal government offices too.

On Friday March 2 in pouring rain, "For the love of God, less hurry in Sao Paulo, More Love in Transit"...

March 6, 2012, Avenida Paulista full of cyclists...

Brazilian cyclists are at a climactic moment. Solidarity and love to everyone down there, condolences to the loved ones lost—all too many…

3 Responses to “Brazilian Bicyclists On the Move!”

  1. I had such a great experience in SP – meeting the bike community there, including the illustrious Renata Falzoni, turned into such a valuable connection! I am muito jealous!

  2. Ezra Teter says:

    Thanks for the kind words. We are just now starting to see the government budge on some of our demands. We have a long way to go but I believe that justice is on our side.

  3. Vanessa says:

    Kristin!
    You are more than welcome to come back ;-)
    Vanessa Tordino

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