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Gallery: Brazil

photos of Brazil - for talk at members meeting

This gallery was created on Wednesday, 8th April 2009

Cycle track alongside Copacabana Beach, Rio, Brazil

Cycle track alongside Copacabana Beach, Rio, Brazil

Cycle track alongside Copacabana Beach, Rio, Brazil

Cycles left near shops in the Copacabana beach area, Rio, Brazil

the expressway through Flamengo park, Rio de Janeiro (all on land reclaimed from the bay) is closed to motor vehicles on Sundays and weekends. Not a lot of cyclists either in the rainy season.

Priority to pedestrians (ie joggers) on the circuit around Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, Ipanema.

Two-way cycle (and rollerblade etc) track along the Ipanema beachfront - this extends north the length of Copacabana to Botafogo and Flamengo. It's Monday morning in Rio, but it feels like a weekend!

Cars (and policeman) waiting for the 10am end of tidal flow (eastbound only) along the Ipanema beachfront dual-carriageway.

Cyclists arriving at Ipanema beach on the cycle track from Copacabana.

There's a Vélib-style bike rental scheme on Copacabana beach - unfortunately you need to register online first.

Cycle parking at the end of Ipanema beach - there's a hole for a lock through the vertical posts. You don't often see a pair of flippers hanging from the handlebars in Cambridge!

Bicycle parking (hanging) at a Rio de Janeiro metro station.

Cycleway along Botofogo beach, Rio - with no ramp to the underpass (partly due to the need for flood barriers). What seem to be Sheffield stands are to stop vehicles driving towards the beach - there is in fact cycle parking (similar to #15 ... [more]

Literally the only bikes I noticed in Porto Alegre - adapted for delivering mineral water to businesses.

Porto Alegre, Brazil - there's no cycle commuting, but lots of motorbikes and scooters.

Porto Alegre, Brazil - smaller than Montevideo (1.2 million population) but much denser and busier. There's no cycle commuting, but well organised and well used public transport, including a metro (rear).

Articulated bus on the Expresso Tiradentes dedicated bus route in Sao Paolo, Brazil - as far as I can tell it's not actually a guided bus, although there may be an induction cable below the centre of the carriageway. But the buses do have d ... [more]

Delivery bikes - almost the only kind of bike/trike you see on the streets of Sao Paolo.

Possibly the worst cycle parking I have ever seen (Sao Paolo, Brazil, where almost no-one cycles anyway).

Hooks for three bikes on the rear of the Iguaçu National Park buses, Brazil. A couple of trails can be cycled, and I heard rumours of a cycle track being planned alongside the road to the falls.

Delivery bike in rainy-season Paraty, Brazil

Flooded roads, awful surface, but still lots of people are riding bikes in Paraty - which leads me to assume that the reason people don't ride bikes in Sao Paolo is simply the amount of traffic!

Lots of cycling in the historic centre of Paraty, which is closed to motor vehicles.

Cycle track and traffic-free bridge, leading to the historic centre of Paraty, Brazil.

The Sao Paolo metro - load your bike (late evenings, Sat afternoon/evening, all day Sunday) into the rear carriage only.

Police with mountain bikes in Sao Paolo

Cycle track by the Baía Norte, Florianopolis, Brazil (used more by joggers than by cyclists, but never mind).

Cycle commuter in Curitiba, the only place in Brazil where I noticed any, although they're not allowed in the dedicated busways, where express buses stop at 'tubes' where passengers pay on entry and can then board the bus quickly and easily ... [more]

Curitiba, Brazil, has an innovative public transport system, with express buses in dedicated busways, stopping at 'tubes' where passengers pay on entry and can then board the bus quickly and easily. Cyclists are not allowed in the busways, ... [more]

Understandably, few people commute by bike in Sao Paolo - there are a few mountain bike warriors, but there's almost no parking for them anyway.

Funny how cycling and re-cycling facilities always go together in Brazil...

Cycle parking (for the strong of arm only) at the Centro Cultural de Sao Paolo.

Chui, Brazil - the cycling culture is similar to Uruguay, a hundred metres away, with similar cruiser-type bikes and a similar lack of cycle parking - but recycling seems better organised here (rear) !

Chui, Brazil - a similar cycling culture to Uruguay, just a hundred metres away, with wheelbender parking and no apparent need to lock bikes, but with added recycling (at rear).

This cyclist went from Copacabana to Ipanema entirely on the footways - these are prosperous areas where they've imported trendy northern-hemisphere ideas like mountain bikes and, err, riding anywhere but on the road.

None of our 'Cyclists Dismount' nonsense in Rio - just 'Danger' and deal with as well as you can.

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