An Operations Manager of CPTM accompanied us pedaling
On the morning of Friday, 25 + go Bike! + traveled the path of future bike lane of the Marginal Pinheiros, along with employees of CPTM, Soninha Francine, Manicstreetjournal, Active Transport and other cicloativistas. We were invited to meet and make suggestions.
According to information provided by CPTM on site, the work would begin this Monday, March 28, with delivery forecast of up to 120 days.
In the initial phase, the bikeway will of Vila Olímpia CPTM station until near the Billings reservoir, a path about 14 km. The idea is to expand it to the Vila Lobos Park, a total of 22 km, but this needs to be studied to create a access to the Park.
By the Manicstreetjournal found at the scene, also needs to be made a recovery of asphalt in this second excerpt.
See the map that the + Go Bike! + prepared, with the total distance of the bike path, by clicking on the image.
There is already a track in place, used today by EMAE. This is practically a bike path ready, as I showed the Manicstreetjournal last year, missing only the accesses to it. Today it is used by maintenance vehicles of EMAE and by some employees who use it as a shortcut to get away from the traffic of Marginal.
Future lane bike path. Under the Board, some capybara.
Second CPTM, these can no longer use the track, while the maintenance vehicle, you really need to use it, will continue doing this well-signposted and in speed compatible with the presence of cyclists. This shouldn’t be a problem, since the track has almost four meters wide and can be shared with the few vehicles that really need to go there.
See no need to paint the red track, since she is not entered in the common traffic off the streets and does not need to be highlighted in relation to other tracks. It would be interesting to just paint the bike symbol on the floor and, in the future, flag the exits.
Throughout this first excerpt from Vila Olimpia until near the Billings, the asphalt is great. In full path just saw a hole, and even then, it wasn’t much.
The track follows practically all the way by the train tracks, some metres away. But, for security reasons, will be placed a grid across this extension, to avoid that someone solve risk his life approaching tracks.
The greatest difficulty are the hits: initially there will be only two, one on each end. Others are being studied because they involve changes in bridges. You cannot use the same access the stations because they do not take apart the rails and because they are beyond the turnstiles – and the idea is that access to the bike path is free, of course.
Adapt the bridges along the way to allow access of cyclists is really the best solution, because it serves as a way to integrate them with traffic signs and appropriate crossings, leaving the bike path and return to the roads of common use. And the access is much more simple and practical if made directly by the bridge instead of forcing the rider to come in by the stations, because they are only on one side of the river and not always along the bridges.
Access is done by a footbridge, which today is restricted, to the side of the station. This footbridge is composed of several flights of stairs, but will be adapted to have ramps. The adaptation is.
At the other end, which is next to the Racecourse station (however “side of” here), the proposal is to make a service square to the rider, with bathrooms, repair station and other services that are being studied. In fact, it would be nice to put some toilets along the path …
In this site it is possible to make a relatively simple access to r. Miguel Yunes, without needing the catwalk or.
The thing that impressed me most was the scene I found there. I expected to see a desolate landscape, only with trash and stink, but I was surprised: Although polluted and dirty, the river is very beautiful. Around, lots of trees, flowers, birds and Capybaras. From the bottom we have a different view of the city.
Leaving the station Vila Olímpia toward the Racetrack, between the bike path and the train tracks for a wide construction site with trees and plants of various kinds. Some small trees were small fruits in Orange curls, mixed with some purple flowers possible. Other had all the leaves in shades of red. Others were still fully in bloom.
It is possible to see and hear many birds along the way. Although the Marginal congestion entoe in the background is the customary ” mi-mi-mi! ” of motorcyclists, the sound of birds heard on several occasions. We get to see a woodpecker with Orange head, herons, some birds with a long and thin tail (I have no idea what kind, I have never seen) and other more common to urban fauna such as sparrows and a Brown bird Orange breast that I don’t know what is (sorry, I don’t know much about birds, just admire).
The River, wide and tranquil waters, with its banks and the Green herons flying above, gives a pretty sight, but spoiled eventually by some piles of accumulated plastic on the opposite bank. As we move towards the dam, it was possible to see more and more garbage in the river and the landscaping was left aside. I hope, now that the Bank will begin to be frequented, extend the landscaping work to the less noble.
In parts where there is a greater accumulation of garbage in the river and the ferries work doing the cleaning, you can see a lot of floating plastic. There are a few piles of garbage and rubble on the opposite bank, which have been removed from the river. Most of the garbage is made up of: plastic bottles, plastic bags, packing of softener, margarine, cookies. Until that piece of paper crumpled up that a lot of people throw out the window of the car or ” drop ” quietly while walking on the street is in danger of being there, floating alongside numerous cigarette butts.
You can see, by flotation and ferry stations, there is an effort in trying to clean up the River, but it’s no use clean if the garbage is still coming. In addition to “, there is ” visible waste sewage mixed with water. And the sewage that end up in the river is all irregular constructions and slums without basic sanitation, discharging straight into rivers, right? Wrong. There are many buildings of middle class and upper class, not very old (some new) discharging the sewage stormwater Gallery, that where the flood flows in rainy days after enters a manhole cover. That gallery leads into a river, taking with it everything that is played there, is the garbage that was on the street or sewer that handsome building you do not suspect…
In the beginning of the route, I could smell the smell of the River, but bearable. Two seasons later, the smell was gone, returning only at the time of the flotation, stations out front. They say that with the increase of water temperature in days of heat, the bacteria perform your job more of decomposition of sewage that is mixed in the river and the smell gets stronger.
If it is possible to clean up the River to the point of eliminating the trash ” ” visible and invisible sewer (but noticeable), the banks of the River would be great for recreation and, why not, sightseeing tours. Would it be possible to even stimulate bicycle tours, renting the skinny for the visitors from other cities and countries know the town for another angle.
In some places, there might be restaurants or cafes, attracting regulars to the margins during the weekends and maybe even during the week. The banks are already very beautiful and can be even more if the river is unpolluted.
The bike lane can help hundreds (maybe thousands) of cyclists who travel by the Marginal Pinheiros every day. The lowland area of Marginal, without increases, combined with the lack of viable alternatives to the rider in almost all the way, already makes the Marginal Pinheiros the choice of many cyclists, at least in part of the way. The bike path, they will be protected from aggressive traffic lanes that surround it.
But it is still necessary to create multiple accesses, to meet also the who need to enter or leave the bike lane before the start and end points. It is in the plans, but cannot take.
If it is created a leisure Bikelane access (connecting the Ibirapuera Park, the people and the bicycles on Sundays) to the entrance of this bike path, she will become a great option for those who want to make a different ride a bike this weekend.
The experience of riding there and feel close to the river that the city forgot worth.
Watch the video produced by + go Bike! +, with recorded images in the future bike path:
Click here to see more suggestions of + go Bike! + so that the bike path from Marginal Pinheiros is really useful and important to the mobility by bicycle in the city of São Paulo.
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