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Besides all activities presented in the first part about Bicycle Month, there was a special planning for the World Carfree Day plus our traditional critical mass at the end of the month.
Carfree Day – September 22th
Our Park(ing) Day began early in the morning in XV de Novembro Street (close to Santos Andrade Square)
At noon it moved to Dr. Faivre Street in front of Progepe where it was going to have a debate with the mayor candidates from Curitiba about sustainable mobility.
Also on the 22th, a few downtown garbage cans gained life.
Although not all candidates participate of the debate, it was good to hear people discussing non-motorized transportation in such serious ways. At the end, the candidate signed a “Commitment letter”.
After the debate, around 5pm we moved once again to Amintas de Barros Street, a familiar place for us. It’s the meeting point for the monthly critical mass. Today, it would have a special one. More than 300 cyclists swept the crowded streets of downtown Curitiba at rush hour. The ride began at 6:45pm and lasted one hour and a half. Avenues five-lanes wide were completely taken by bicycles. It has never been so calm to cross these streets at rush hour. The feeling of freedom and security was such that six or seven cyclists took off their clothes for a brief moment to protest.
Critical Mass – September 27th
At the end of the month everybody was tired but extremely happy with the results of the Bicycle Month journey. Sure, we didn’t reach a substantial part of the city, but we raised a lot of questions, we brought the media and we catched the attention of a great number of people.
But we still had our traditional ride. The surprise of the day was the official opening of the Oscar Niemeyer Museum Bikepark. See a detailed report in portuguese and lots of pictures at the September-08 Critical Mass post.
(see the original post in portuguese)
We had a lot of good ideas for WCFD in Curitiba. However, it was impossble to promote a huge evento without support from municipalities. We would need authorization for closing streets, more buses available, a team to coordinate cultural activities, hire artists, set up food courts and shops, and produce material to broadcast and raise awareness throughout the city.
Unfortunately, we noticed soon enough that the government didn’ want to help at all, just like the previous years. So, we decided to creat a lot of small events instead of a big one.
After exposing the idea for groups and individuals that are in someway linked with the urban mobility issue in Curitiba, the basic principle to promote an event was quite simples: “Whoever came up with an idea should be responsible to execute it.”
As we had a lot of them, it was created a blog to schedule all the activities, making it easier to broadcast and coordinate each of them. Everyone involved spreaded the word to his local community. At the end of August we had almost everything arranged and there were two basic kinds of activities: weekly and unique
Discussion Groups – Every Monday at 7pm
Ivan Illich and the bicycle – The Revolution on two wheels (Claudio Oliver)
Debate – Curitiba Cycle Network (Bicicletada Curitiba)
Conclusions about the Commuter Challenge 2008( Center of Urban Traffic Psychology – UFPR)
The bicycle issue in Brazil (Ministério das Cidades )
Music to leave the car – Every Thursday at 6pm
Quintetinho e amigos
Mistura Brava e Anomalia Antipoluição
Day 14: Movable Gardens
The artist Leila Pugnaloni coordinates the walking activity.
Day 16: Phto Exposition
Opening “Less gasoline, More adrenaline” at Café Zau do Juvevê. Pictures of cyclists and urban life.
Day 17: Urban Ride to the City Dump – Cachimba
Do you know how much garbage you produce and what’s its destiantion? Pick up your garbage, come and see with your own eyes.
Day 20: Cicle-Day
Bike ride from downtown to the Centro Politécnico. A lot of attractions: prizes and surprises, musical shows and bike fair.
These are a few highlights, see the list in portuguese with all the activities.
See also the post about the World Car Free Day and the September Critical Mass Ride at second part about Bicycle Month.
(see the original post in portuguese)