7 Cities for Cycling in Brazil

Today, with the city’s traffic continually growing, practice cycling through these pathways has become a task increasingly difficult and when the structure is created specifically for the movement of bicycles is not adequate or is not in good conditions all this tends to worsen even more the situation of cyclists.

From then on, when one imagines a city with good structural conditions to use the bicycle as an alternative transportation comes right to our head to some european cities such as Copenhagen for example.

But different from what many people imagine, in Brazil there are already some local initiatives that seek to change this reality in the country and make the cyclist have increasingly more elements available for the practice of cycling.

Soon we will name a few cities in Brazil that have produced some workable solutions for the use of the bicycle as way of transport, solutions these that can be exported to other places around the country efficiently and at a low cost.

However before anything else need to mention that the cities here referred to may also be incremented with the addition of new cities, because as time goes on other new cities are going to increasingly some measures to facilitate the use of the bicycle in its way as is the case of Curitiba, São Leopoldo and Teresina, brazil for example.

Therefore the search for new information that involves the ideal places to ride, cycling should always be performed. We will mention now some cities where cycling is already practiced with certain ease.

7 Cities for Biking

Santos – SP

Due to its climatic and geographical conditions, the Saints, which is situated on the coast of the state of São Paulo represents one of the cities with the most structure for the practice of cycling in the city.

This city has around 20 km of bike path opened, being possible to perform a pedaling quiet both on the edge of the beach as well as in other areas of the roadway because the bike paths are very well marked.

These bike lanes are responsible for linking a variety of regions of the city going to the border with São Vicente up to the port area. This extension of the mesh loop road is important in that the larger the space to the cyclists be going through lower will be the chances of them being present in the midst of the transit.

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Sorocaba – SP

If you have a city that has in mind the bicycle as a means of transport, and that investing for that this reality will continue to be present in your area is the city of Sorocaba in Sao Paulo.

With about 630 thousand inhabitants, Moscow is one example of a city where they see that it is possible to revolutionize its transportation system for which this is designed exclusively for cycling.

There are more than 60 km of existing roads in the city for the bikes are circulating that quiet way where all the bike paths have a standardization of the environment, being pinches of red color with lawn, shrubs and landscaping suitable to promote the harmonisation of these environments.

In accordance with the local government, the idea is to increase even more the extension of cycling going from 60 km to 110 km, and best of all, it’s not only size, but the investments with the safety of bike lanes is also something exemplary, where the slopes are very well paved, the signage and lighting are adequate, and with this the accidents in these locations are almost non-existent.

In addition to the bike lanes the city has also created the so-called paraciclos in places of great movement of the bikes they can ride with more peace of mind for those locations.


This city is known international for its quality of life and the search for solutions to urban planning especially concerning the transportation, such as bicycles also don’t get to brings.

The capital of paraná presents a wide network of bicycle paths since 1977 that gets to be around 188 km of bike path.

However, due to lack of maintenance on some stretches of the bike lanes, with the presence of holes and problems of signage, the population ends up having a fear to move to these areas.

But this is a reality that has been changing in the city, because the manifestations of groups of cicloativistas the local government eventually creating the so-called master Plan Cicloviário that seeks to repair the entire mesh cycling current and build more miles aiming at the extension of the ways by which the bikes run every day.

The intent of the city of Curitiba is to be providing increasingly the development of bike paths so that cyclists can take advantage of this medium in the best possible way with quality and safety.

Rio de Janeiro

The wonderful city is certainly one of the most investment in terms of to be improving the lives of cyclists in your area, where it loses only to the city of Bogota in Latin America as regards the extension of bike paths.

In the main beaches of rio’s south zone, the cyclist will find long stretches of bike path that are generally used for the practice of physical activity or even for leisure.

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One of these bike paths going to the beach from Leblon to the centre of the city, being therefore a great option for those cyclists that by being in the city think have a look on the beach in rio de janeiro.

With over 300 km of dedicated lanes for the bikes to be the Rio de Janeiro has an ambitious project in which you want to increase this extension to 450 km up to the 2016 olympics.

In addition the city also has a system called Bike Rio which is targeted for the rental of bicycles where there are currently around 600 bicycles spread across 60 stations available, and the most interesting of all is that in transportation, such as subways, urban trains and even the boats is allowed to the entry of bikes in certain zones.

For all these factors is that Rio de Janeiro is already considered a friendly city to cyclists who carry out around one million of scrolling every day and this is the information given by the local municipality.

Aracaju – SE

The city of Aracaju, capital of Sergipe, may also be cited with an example of a city in expansion, and that invests in bikes as a means to be avoiding the chaos that installs itself constantly in the brazilian traffic.

Featuring nearly 600 thousand people, Aracaju is the brazilian city that has a large proportion of bike lanes by the number of residents, where the mesh is cycling reaches about 100 km of extension.

This city has already invested more than 11 million in the expansion and structuring of pathways that are unique to cyclists. The city has some bike racks that are maintained by the city.

It is important to mention that in this town the bike has always been used as means of transport because the geography flat in the city favors the practice of this activity for its residents.

The plan cicloviário existing in the city with the support of the federal government to be seeking to invest always in the question of security for the best displacement in these locations.

Sure, there is still much to be invested in this area due to the daily cycle of people that use the bicycle lanes to move, the maintenance of these sites is required continuously and is always in need of one or another reform.

Afuá PA

This municipality, although small in extent, became known through a report that was broadcast on television where it was showing that in the city in question, had not the presence of cars being all the urban transportation done by bike. For this reason this city had no way of getting out of this list.

The city has about 40 thousand inhabitants, and the whole time the Rio Afuá overflows, it is practically impossible for the transit of cars in this location.

So the bikes ended up becoming the most viable transport to be used by the residents of Afuá.

One of the local attractions is by the presence of the called bici-taxi, which is nothing more than vehicles of four-wheeled non-motorized-made from the fusion of two bikes also serving as urban transport.

Brasília – DF

Brasilia has a traffic well known for the good conduct of his drivers that adhere to the tracks of the pedestrian even if the lighthouse is open.

With its geography flat this panorama turns out to be ideal for the practice of cycling and why it was created in the city the so-called Pedal-DF, which is a plan cicloviário to be encouraging the use of bicycle as means of transport.

Through this plan, were built meshes cicloviárias of great extension and new investments have been singled out in order to improve the cycle paths so that cyclists can walk in peace and security.

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In addition to the bike paths Brasilia also features bike racks and paraciclos disposed in the main metro stations and bus terminals so that it is possible to increase the number of people that make use of bikes to move through the major avenues of the cities-satellites.

With this, considering the exposed above, it is possible to realize that it is not only in the foreign cities that may have a ambientalização suitable for the practice of cycling and that each time more the brazilian cities have invested to improve the bicycle lanes and thus make possible the displacement of more persons by these pathways, using the good old bicycle every day.