Cycling in Rio de Janeiro will soon be made more easy in some of the city's favelas. The first favelas in Rio to get bike paths will be the communities of Complexo da Maré, in the north of the city. With a length of 22 km, the bike lanes will connect its various communities and its cyclists to the stations of the BRT bus transport.
The investment, to construct the cycle trails, is estimated at R$7 million. If everything works out fine, the bike lanes should be ready in the first half of 2016, according to the city. The announcement was made recently by Rio de Janeiro’s mayor Eduardo Paes. In one of our earlier posts we'll already mentioned that new initiatives in relation to mobility and cycling in Rio's favelas were on its way. Maybe in the future it will be possible to do bike tours in Rio's favelas.
The route of the planned cycle path passes by the communities of Nova Holanda, Vila do João and Conjunto Esperança, with more than 160.000 residents. It will also connect these favelas to the cable car of Complexo do Alemão and shopping Bonsucesso. The project will also include 2.000 bike racks that will be installed on strategic locations, with the expectation of a lot of movement of people on bikes. To ensure the safety of cyclists, there will be signs all along the bike path.
The work is part of the project Rio Bike Capital, launched in 1992, shortly after Rio 92, the World Conference on Environment in Rio. During that conference the importance of sustainable development and environmental policies was recognized by the city. As a result, use of bicycles as a means of transport, not just for leisure, has been promoted actively by Rio. Rio is now one of the most bike friendly cities in Latin America and a great city to do bike tours.