Latin America #Ciclovias 's benefits outweigh the costs of closing existing infrastructure to cars

Latin America #Ciclovias 's benefits outweigh the costs of closing existing infrastructure to cars

Latin America’s ciclovías have inspired cities worldwide to close streets to cars and promote healthy lifestyles and active transport. Photo by Justin Swan/Flickr. Though rapid urbanization can impair mobility and quality of life, Latin American cities have responded to this challenge with creative, low cost, and high impact solutions. Some of these initiatives have set an example for the rest of the world. In the last installment of this series , we examined the development of bus rapid transit (BRT ) in Curitiba, Brazil, and its expansion to the rest of the region and the world. In this blog, we discuss another idea born from the ingenuity and resourcefulness of Latin America that has had a global impact: recreational ciclovía events. These events provide an alternative means of healthy recreation and physical activity for millions of people in the region using a method ...

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