The 10th annual Sustainable transport award resulted in a tie between three Brazilian cities. The cities received this prize for their important achievements in increasing mobility and enhancing quality of life.
Brazil’s big cities enhance public transportation
Last year, the city of Belo Hori Horizonte put into effects the first projects of their comprehensive Mobility Plan: a new bus rapid transit system, MOVE BRT, covering 23 km. The city’s downtown were also revitalized through the creation of pedestrian-only streets and the implementation of 27 km of planned bikeway network.
Over the past years, the city of Rio de Janeiro has massively invested in public transportation. Last year, the city opened the second of four BRT systems. 270,000 users are drawn every day on the new 39 km corridor, which keeps Rio de Janeiro on track to achieve the goals of its mobility plan by 2016.
In 2014 the city of Sao Paolo massively expanded its cycling network and created over 320 km of exclusive bus lanes. The city plans on having 400 km of cycle lanes created in 2015 which will be part of a 500 km network. These the first step on Sao Paolo’s ambitious plan which has made the city the first megacity to ban parking minimums and replace them with parking maximums citywide.
2014 winner, Buenos Aires: a city for people, not just for cars
Back in 2013, Buenos Aires had given a transit makeover to its 9 de Julio avenue, the widest avenue in the world. Several of the 9 de Julio’s car traffic lanes were replaced with bus-only lanes for a high quality bus rapid transit (BRT) system. The BRT possess 17 stations along the median, accommodating 11 bus lines which improves the travels of 200,000 passengers every day.
Created in 2005, the Sustainable Transport Award is given every year to a city that has put into effect innovative and sustainable transportation projects in the previous year. These strategies must enhance mobility for all residents, air pollution emissions, reduce transport and improve safety and access for cyclists and pedestrians.
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