Pine River Bike Trail, a Recreational Bike Trail

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Pinheiros River bike path and future plans

Access to the bike path at people’s Park has “forecast for 2013″

Hundreds of km of cycle tracks provided for
since 2008 didn’t set the role

The Pinheiros River bike trail has enormous potential as an alternative for mobility in the city. The bike shift occurs even faster than usual, by completely flat topography and the lack of road junctions and traffic lights. And protecting the rider from cars, the trip becomes quite safe, even for those just starting out. If we had bike lanes on two thugs then we would have easy, fast and secure access to much of the city.

However, what we have for now is just a leisure bike trail, that doesn’t help much in the offsets of type commuting, how to go to work, to school, to his girlfriend: it works only during the day, due to the lack of lighting, and with few hits, a couple of other many kilometres distant. If you don’t live near an access and does not work near each other, hardly will be able to put the bike path on your route, because the detour on the way would be considerable. And, even if he does, she will be closed when you need to get home after work.

Lack of access

The most obvious, cheap, efficient and correct would be access terms in all of the bridges that cross the river. Cyclists usually reach the Marginal for some Avenue, crossing the river by a bridge; going on there to access down the bike path, problem solved, both for those who are on one side of the river and the other.

Distant Access bridges make the cyclist pedaling for a Marginal until you find an entry, being badly received by drivers. The hits on bridges would affect the bike path to the road, allowing capture and distribute cyclists throughout your

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CPTM studies the question since the inauguration and is sensitive about that want, but you can’t turn on the bike path to bridges without the cooperation of the CET and SIURB. Meanwhile, the bike path nor helps protect cyclists who already use the marginal daily and even encourages people to exchange the car for the bike. Few can use it in their daily shifts and she ends up serving even to leisure, as long as there is no access from bridges

The new hits that have been built, but not yet solve help. People won’t Ride the most kilometers on the way to work or College, increasing the effort and the time of the trip just to access the bicycle path. For more to be friendly to the project, you can’t deny this.

But it’s bad to have a bike lane?

Depends on. If the question is increased by a “instead of a bike path to daily desocamentos”, the answer is Yes. You can’t sell the Pinheiros River Bike Trail as an alternative of offset, because it still isn’t the ultimate goal may even be this, but one should not sell the eggs inside the chicken. On the other hand, if the question is about the importance of a leisure bike trail to the city, especially in the place where it is located, the picture changes.

I think it is important that the deployment of the bike path, despite these caveats. The choice of leisure, the demarcation of space that could be lost if the timing had been tapped, but mainly by the resumption of contact with the river. This proximity is very important to educate the citizens of rio is a dáviva, not a dead weight. He must be recovered and preserved, not covered for clues as already proposed some. Who accept to take a ride on the new bike lane waiting to see a desolate landscape, only with garbage and stench, are going to be amazed: the smell is not always bad and, although polluted and dirty, the river is beautiful. Around, lots of trees, flowers, birds and Capybaras. From there we have a different view of the city.

The river

Between the bike path and the train tracks for a wide construction site with trees and plants of various types, part of the Orchard Project. You can see and hear many birds along the way: herons, queros and even ducks swimming in the Pinheiros River, believe me. I’ve even seen a woodpecker with the Orange head there. Although the Marginal congestion entoe to the bottom the cantilena of the engines and the usual buzinadinhas of motorcyclists, the sound of the birds you do hear on several occasions.

The River, wide and tranquil waters, with green margins and egrets flying, gives a pretty sight, even if broken eventually by some piles of plastic that float. As we move towards the dam, you can see more and more garbage in the river and realize that the job of landscaping don’t still covers your extension, although seedlings are being planted (in fact, with this space being frequented by the citizen, there is now a new stimulus to expand the Orchard Project).

Most of the garbage is composed of plastic: PET bottles, grocery bags, fabric 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 endless cigarette butts taken by rain. In the area near the Vila Olimpia, generally feel the smell of the River, but bearable. Later, that odor is usually disappear entirely.

If you can clean the pine trees to the point of eliminating the visible trash and sewage invisible (but noticeable), its banks would be great for leisure and sightseeing. Would it be possible to stimulate bicycle tours for tourists, renting the speed so that visitors from other cities and countries can meet the city on the other side. In some places, there might be restaurants or cafes, attracting regulars to the margins during the weekends and maybe even on weekdays. The banks are already very beautiful and can be even more if the river is unpolluted. There’s a very large tourism potential.

When you comment on the use of the Pines for leisure, is a common question about the floods. If cleaning the river and desilting are intensified, the problem will decrease too. The bed has become increasingly high with garbage and sediment buildup, which are removed in the same proportion in which they arrive at the river. Solving this problem, the floods caused by the overflow of the water beyond the banks are exceptions.

The experience of riding in this place and feel close to the river that the city forgot it’s the work of the cycle path.

The Burden

The whole bike path and bikelane has its burden. As burden, we always have segregation and apartheid vehicular governing the city: the more bike lanes, more increases the idea anticidada that the prejudiced and streets were made only for the cars and to place a bike is just the bike path and in the Park.

I took a thin cabbie killer, which was justified by saying that “the bikelane is Sunday only”. Like this, even if it was a valid argument, serve a reason to threaten my life just to “educate”. And it wasn’t the only time I heard this kind of thing: regular cyclists know that it is not uncommon to hear from drivers who should be in a bike lane (usually, after trying to shut us down with the car).

Imagine then how are treated cyclists used the track location of the Marginal Pinheiros: bad drivers feel entitled to threaten them, because there is a bike path on the side it was only fair to play the car over them, to demonstrate that should teleport to her…

By the danger of the burden that the bike path brings you to who keeps using the runway location Marginal and the urgency of safe paths for the cyclist in the city, the population needs to require the construction of such access. To come, and soon, so that the burden of bike path not consolidate as your only legacy.

See how was the inauguration of the Pinheiros River Bike Trail, in 2009

Pictures of the inauguration February 2010 Photos – Photos – survey (Sep/2009)

Video of the inauguration 1 – Video – Video 2 opening of the survey (Sep/2009)

See also:

Inauguration of the new stretch of Pine River Bike Trail will be the day February 10 expansion of the Pinheiros River bike path: first step almost ready! CPTM publishes retraction by statement about access to Pinheiros River bike trail bike path River Pines at people’s Park won’t come out in 2012 Shopping JK will open without building access to Pinheiros River Bike Trail Expansion and access of the Pinheiros River Bike Trail: progress and forecast

 

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