A transição para a ciclomobilidade em São Paulo: Análise de Impactos Energéticos (The Transition to Bicycle Mobility: Energetic Impacts Analysis ‑ The Case of São Paulo)

Maisa Ribeiro Barbosa (maisa.barbosa@usp.br)1, Erik Eduardo Rego (erikrego@usp.br)1

1Universidade de São Paulo

This paper appears in: Revista IEEE América Latina

Publication Date: Sept. 2017
Volume: 15,   Issue: 9 
ISSN: 1548-0992

A great number of cities have been investing in cycling infrastructure, expecting reduction in air pollution, traffic jams and increased life quality indicators. However, the reduction of fuel and thus primary energy consumption is a positive externality rarely taken into account. The present article aims to analyse the energetic benefits due to the construction of urban cycling infrastructure in São Paulo, Brazil's major city, as it increases the use of bycicles as a mobility alternative to private cars and buses. Assuming a scenario of occupation rate of the total cycling infrastructure expected until the end of 2016, and adopting local data regarding the average distance travelled by bicycle, it is possible to infer the amount of fuel avoided. In conclusion, there is a significant potential for primary energy conservation, although the amount of investments is still insufficient in comparison to other cities in the world and International Agencies recommendations.

Index Terms:
mobility, transport efficiency, urban cycling   

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