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Rio de Janeiro opens trains and metro for bikes

11/10/2014  | Biking in Rio de Janeiro becomes more interesting every month. The city government has prioritized the improvement of the biking experience in Cidade Maravilhosa. One of the next steps is the possibility to use public transportation with your bike. The train company as well as the metro have liberated travelling with the bike on week days from 9 pm. This is a huge step for the city to make biking more interesting for locals who want to avoid the busy traffic.  

On weekends and holidays, it was possible to embark in the metro without time restriction since 2012. The train allowed bikes on Saturday after 2 pm. "Boarding with bicycles on weekdays in the metro and the train is part of the transformation in biking in Rio de Janeiro and is a step forward we take to make the train and metro in Rio de Janeiro more sustainable in a world that discusses, increasingly, protection of the environment," said the president of SuperVia, José Carlos Cunha.

Also the companies created more then 4 thousand places to park bicycles, a number that should increase significantly during in the coming years if the city really wants to promote and improve biking in Rio de Janeiro. Right now there is more than 380 kilometer of bike lanes in Rio de Janeiro, which makes it the city with the best opportunities for biking in whole Brazil.

In preperation of the Summer Olympics in 2016 the city wants to become the number #1 bike city in South America. This objective doesn't only include an increase of bike lanes, but also improvements in the structure and organization of the bikes, like places to park bikes, bike shops and extra services for people that use bikes for transportation.

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