ACTION FOR ACTIVE, CLEAN & HEALTHY TRANSPORT
Bike Anjo (Bike Angels), a network of voluntary cyclists who help other people to use their bikes as a means of transport - from teaching how to ride a bicycle to identifying safe cycling routes for São Paulo inhabitants - is at the forefront of the active mobility movement in the city, where only 1% of the population use bicycles in their day to day travels, compared to 22% of car users. Not surprisingly, 80% of air pollutant particles in São Paulo come from vehicular sources and 73% from cars alone.
In a wealthy city with high social inequality rates like São Paulo, where cars are still perceived as a status symbol, changing the transport culture is far from being an easy task. With GCCA’s support, Bike Anjo is running their Bike to Work Campaign with a strong focus on the health benefits of active mobility. Improvements are unequivocal for the health and wellbeing of individuals who cycle to work as well as for public health (as a consequence of air pollution reduction linked to a reduced number of cars in the city). Moreover, active mobility contributes to a healthier and safer climate, as a consequence of decreased carbon emissions, which are at the origin of global warming.
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