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24 Jan, 12:09h
“Bicicletada” na Boa Vista, Praia e Mindelo


Veio “di fora” mas cada vez está a ganhar mais adeptos em Cabo Verde. Praia e Sal Rei começaram a pedalar em Dezembro último, Mindelo aderiu agora à iniciativa. Sexta-feira os ciclistas tomam conta da rua, é a cidadania em movimento


Praia, 24 de Janeiro 2012 – A coisa pegou em Dezembro na cidade da Praia (Santiago) e em Sal Rei (Boa Vista) e, este mês, pedala pela primeira vez nas ruas do Mindelo (São Vicente). A “Bicicletada”, nome adoptado nos países lusófonos, é a nossa versão crioula da “Massa Crítica”, uma iniciativa que, à escala mundial, adoptou a última sexta-feira de cada mês para divulgar a bicicleta como meio de transporte, criando as condições necessárias ao seu uso nas nossas cidades e promovendo um conceito ecológico e sustentável para o transporte das pessoas em meios urbanos. Ao evento têm vindo a juntar-se “skatistas” e patinadores.


“Não estamos atrapalhando o trânsito, nós somos o trânsito”, parece ser a resposta global aos que se sentem incomodados por verem as artérias rivalizando protagonismo ao transporte motorizado. Mas a ideia é, de igual modo, contestar o ordenamento legal dominante que remete para plano secundário os pedestres e ciclistas, num mundo urbano centrado na “ditadura” do automóvel.



A iniciativa remete-nos para uma questão de fundo que se prende com o ordenamento e a qualidade das nossas cidades, recentrando o debate na humanização da urbe, colocando o espaço público ao serviço das pessoas. A isto, com rigor, chama-se cidadania activa e tem levado várias gestões municipais em cidades deste mundo a repensarem conceitos e devolvendo as ruas à razão maior da sua existência: as pessoas.


A pedagogia cívica é, aliás, componente central deste movimento informal, sem estatutos nem hierarquias. Por exemplo, em São Paulo (Brasil) o humor que caracteriza as acções da “Bicicletada” têm vindo a conquistar os automobilistas, concitando-lhes a consciência dos direitos dos ciclistas ao espaço público. Porque sempre que um ciclista se faz à estrada é “um carro a menos” que polui a cidade, é qualidade de vida que vai crescendo.


Também por cá, com o estado caótico das nossas urbes, o apelo faz sentido redobrado e pode ser, assim se espera – e esperam os organizadores – instrumento de persuasão colectiva e cidadania activa em movimento que aposte no ordenamento sustentado das cidades e no ganho maior do direito à rua.

Espetacular! Acrobacias no «Regresso a Casa»

Jornal «Pedal» nº1

The changing mood of Critical Mass bike rides

in http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/bike-blog/2011/dec/02/critical-mass


The changing mood of Critical Mass bike rides

The most popular and successful rides explicitly rule out confrontation and offer something democratic and more precious

Bike blog : Local cyclists on Critical mass ride in London
Critical Mass cyclists in London. Photograph: Andrew Stuart/AFP/Getty Images

It's a hugely successful global cycling phenomenon, despite being open to all, with no structure, and little organised publicity. Originating as a single ride in San Francisco in 1992, it now has some kind of presence in hundreds of cities worldwide. Most participants now describe the rides as a celebration of cycling, though they have been described by the press as protests. What is Critical Mass , and why do hundreds, if not thousands, of people still turn up every month in some very diverse cities?

I attended the London Critical Mass ride last Friday to talk to the participants. Having been several times before, I had felt some division between the majority of riders who wanted to enjoy the ride, and a small number intent on arguing with motorists along the route.

I regularly take part in group rides of various kinds, and am used to cyclists' enthusiasm. But I was overwhelmed by the extraordinary excitement that a short ride on a chilly evening had generated. For many, the ride was simply fun. There's a great atmosphere – it's a good social ride, they said. Most enjoyed the safety of riding in a large group, and this ride offers one of the few opportunities for doing that in central London.

Some had political aims–- asserting the right to the road, and giving drivers a sense of what it's like to feel outnumbered were both mentioned – but the mood was overwhelmingly positive, and the enjoyment of group cycling palpable. One Italian cyclist was so overcome by the occasion that he described it as a celebration of London's "excellent cycle paths". Compared with Rome. He'd also composed a song for us all to sing.

There was none of the anger I'd experienced on previous London Critical Mass rides, when the latter stages have become a running confrontation at junctions where traffic has been held back. The smaller numbers in November may have prevented this, but it also seems to me that the mood is changing, towards the celebration which the Critical Mass movement has wanted to be.

Critical Mass models vary around the world. The Prague ride has become hugely popular by attracting families, and co-opting Police support: a mixture, perhaps, of London's Critical Mass and the Skyride. The newer Leicester ride is "a two-wheeled charm offensive" with a different theme and dress code every month. It appeals to riders (partly, at least) because of its celebratory atmosphere.

The London ride has perhaps been influenced by the US Critical Mass rides, which have historically been the most confrontational. The relationship between London riders and the |police has in the past been fraught. In 2006, the Metropolitan police tried to declare the ride - which had until then been policed by them - illegal. Since losing that battle both initially and subsequently on appeal, the ride has operated independently. The court papers from the 2006 judgment reflect the changing attitudes of Critical Mass riders. They cite the aims of some participants then as "getting our own back at motorists" and "causing disruption."

There was, of course, anger among London riders last Friday about the position of the British cyclist. Despite the rise in cycling over the past decade, there have not been adequate supporting changes in law, political attitudes or infrastructure. Though there is money for silly posters, blue paint and whitewash.

However, as the Copenhagenize blogger Mikael Andersen argued in 2007, when calling for "Critical Manners" to replace the confrontational type of Critical Mass, cycling campaigners need to make cycling appeal to people who feel uncomfortable with the "often militant sub-culture" which dominated some Critical Mass rides four or five years ago. This person, a hypothetical "Mr Motorist", doesn't want to "climb onto a platform and become a visible statement-maker", but will only cycle if he "would blend in". Coming from Copenhagen, where more than 50% of journeys in the city centre are by bike, Anderson understands how to make cycling a thoroughly mainstream activity.

Critical Mass doesn't now need to be a protest. Thanks to the very effective series of Blackfriars Flashrides and recent Tour Du Danger, we now have a model of how dedicated, constructive cycling protests can work. Both events diagnosed a problem precisely, and in the case of the Blackfriars rides, offered a detailed solution . There were no street-corner shouting matches to entrench negative stereotypes.

The most popular and successful Critical Mass rides today, like Leicester , Budapest and Prague , explicitly rule out confrontation. Critical Mass can offer something rather democratic, and in a way, more precious than protest. Unlike the atomised aggression created by an transport system of individual metal boxes, cycling in a group, in a shared space, makes people open and collaborative. As one cyclist said to me on Friday: "Cycling changes people's attitudes. It turns individuals into a community."

Custos dos engarrafamentos automóveis nos EUA

Monday, November 21, 2011
An institute in America has tried to calculate the monetary and time value of traffic congestion – and says it costs the USA $101 billion a year.

An institute in America has tried to calculate the monetary and time value of traffic congestion – and says it costs the USA $101 billion a year. The study by the Texan Transport Institute says the cost to the average commuter was $713 in 2010 compared with $301 in 1982 (adjusted for inflation), which led to 1,9 billion gallons of fuel being wasted, and caused 60 million Americans to suffer more than 30 hours of delay in 2010. The report’s authors say the problem will worsen when the economy recovers. Report from http://goo.gl/iOsp1
The Full Report and Appendices:

Texas Transportation Institute - University Transportation Center for Mobility (UTCM)

Texas A&M University System 3135 TAMU, College Station, Texas 77843-3135

2011 Annual Urban Mobility Report  The Full Report and Appendices:


Yves Montand La Bicyclette original + lyrics

nova loja ibérica de bicicletas elétricas


Por acaso tenho uma modelo Compy... é pesada mas potente.

Note-se: são é necessário cuidados especiais na carga não excedendo o tempo de carga (4-5 horas * para facilitar utilizo uma tomada com relógio que é para não me esquecer e não ultrapassar o tempo de carga recomendado - o que pode estragar a bateria) e ligando sempre primeiro o carregador à bicicleta e só depois à tomada (para desligar é o método contrário: o carregador desliga-se primeiro da tomada e só depois da bicicleta)

«Ilha» (Estação de Serviço Galp) com ar e água na ciclovia do Campo Grande (Lisboa)

Também há 5 Ilhas em Almada...

Where is my Byke?

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