Brazilian cities rewarded for sustainable transport efforts

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Already in the spotlight following UITP’s recent International Bus Conference in Rio, Brazil’s sustainable mobility efforts are once again being recognised: this time thanks to a 2015 Sustainable Transport Award jointly presented to Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

Organised by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, the awards recognise outstanding vision and innovation in sustainable transport over the last year.

When the national government directed all major cities in Brazil to develop Urban Mobility Laws, Belo Horizonte was the first city to answer the call. The city’s innovative Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan implemented comprehensive measures to improve urban mobility. Streets in the city centre were pedestrianised whilst the 23km MOVE BRT system was launched and the 27km of protected bike paths were introduced.

Rio was given recognition for its efforts to increase access to urban spaces for all and prioritise socially inclusive transport modes. Last year, the city built 39km of new BRT, added 3.3km of cycle lanes and installed bike racks around the city.

São Paulo meanwhile impressed with its introduction of 320km of exclusive bus lanes, adding bike lanes faster than ever before and passing a bold Master Plan with ‘precedent-setting’ parking reform included. These reforms eliminate parking requirements along transit corridors city wide, allowing only one space per residential unit and will reduce around 4,000 spaces of the city’s roughly 37,000 spaces.

Other 2015 finalists included Bhopal, India; Brasília, Brazil; Cape Town, South Africa; Gurgaon, India; Hensinki, Finland; Iloili City, Philippines; Milan, Italy; Surat, India; and Toluca, Mexico.

For more information, please visit: www.itdp.org

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