Urban mobility is one of the biggest problems of medium and large centers, and finding solutions to this issue is a challenge that demands a lot of money and a lot of time. And even though it is a subject that is so much discussed, people who think that urban mobility only involves motor vehicle traffic – the Brazilian fleet of automobiles and motorcycles have grown by 400% in the last decade – must be considered in all the aspects that interfere in traffic , such as quality public transport (subway, train, BRT), bicycles (construction of cycle lanes and bike lanes and rental of bicycles), pedestrians (preserved, level and accessible sidewalks, lifts, treadmills or escalators to access communities in higher areas ).
Between urban tolls, car casters and traffic restrictions, the reorganization of space is one of the most efficient solutions, as it demands planning – urban and personal – to condense the greatest number of activities (work, school, gym, commerce, leisure) within a radius of up to ten kilometers from the residence, thus avoiding major displacements. Decentralizing infrastructure is essential to save traffic. Florianópolis is one of the most decentralized cities, leading the Center’s growth to other regions, both in the continental portion and in the island. An example of this is the neighborhoods of the New North of the Island, in the surroundings of the SC-401, great business and technological center of Santa Catarina, a region chosen by Real Urbanismo to implant the Real Park – neighborhood planned with safety, green area, leisure and all the infrastructure that values the conviviality and the use of the urban space.
HOW ARE URBAN MOBILITY PROBLEMS AFFECTS OUR DAY A DAY
Real Urbanismo understands that the demand generated by the big technology companies of the “Silicon Valley” called for a neighborhood completely thought of the quality of life of the inhabitants of the New North of the Island.
In such busy times, gaining a few hours of the day to spend time with family and friends, exercising, cultivating a hobby or just resting is critical to gaining health and quality of life. And living close to the workplace is one of the best ways to save yourself time and make the most of these little pleasures of everyday life.
For developers of the Linked Employment application, time spent on the way to work is responsible for 40% of dismissal requests. Prior to dismissal, long commutes are responsible for delays, dropouts, and stress.
ESCAPE FROM THE TRANSIT PEDALING
Depending on the flow of vehicles, some routes are made faster by bicycle than by car and this is already a strong argument in favor of bikes. Going to work is also great for physical conditioning, generates economy and an undeniable improvement in mood and quality of life. There are so many health benefits (reduced cholesterol levels, fat loss, increased cardiorespiratory fitness, improved self-esteem, etc.) that many companies adopt incentives for employees who cycle on the home-business-home route, such as a day off every so many times the employee traded the car for the bike.
Before you start pedaling to work, check out our tips!
– Know the path: Make a reconnaissance cycle, with no time to arrive, in order to know sections that may offer risks and demand more care;
– Choose a good bike: It is essential that the bike is appropriate for its height and type of ground in which it will be most used. There are many brands and models on the market before purchasing one, researching, talking to sellers and other cyclists, and try out the available models.
– Invest in safety equipment: No one is saved from accidents, but there are woods to prevent and lessen damages. Equip your bike with headlights and beacons, rear view mirrors and never go out to ride without helmets, elbow pads and knee pads.
– Wear appropriate clothing: Many companies have locker rooms suitable for employees who cycle to work to change clothes. Choose comfortable clothes that do not hold the movement.
– Stay hydrated: Always have a bottle of water attached to the bike to prevent dehydration.
– Know the procedures of how to pedal safely: The Brazilian Traffic Code brings a series of rules of conduct for cyclists, which must be respected by all. There are several support groups for cyclists in Brazilian cities, such as Bike Angel, of Florianópolis, who provide services ranging from teaching cycling to consulting on equipment and bikes.