Survey Reveals Flow of More Than Two Thousand Bicycles

Data from ameciclo intend to show massive use of transportation in the metropolitan region of recife to demand modal policies.

A survey carried out by the Metropolitan Association of Cyclists of Greater Recife (Ameciclo) pointed out that more than two thousand cyclists circulate in the Odorico Mendes Street, in the neighborhood of Campo Grande, in an interval of 14 hours daily.The purpose of the calculation is to prove the massive use of the modal and to indicate the most necessary routes of exclusive lanes for the bicycles.

The Ameciclo team was on the road last Wednesday (27) and observed that more than 12% of the cyclists who passed through the site used the skinny to carry loads, just over 3% wore a helmet device and 8.31% were women. In addition, of the two thousand trips counted, only two (0.1%) were with Bike Program bikes. According to the Association, it is necessary to expel the service to low-income regions.

“What we want to show with these numbers is that the cycle path is not just leisure.” Tracing the profile of the people who use the bicycle, we can see that there is a large amount that uses daily to work, and in neighborhoods that do not exist cycle paths. We also want these people to be included in the projects of the modal”, justifies the communication coordinator of Ameciclo, Roderick Jordão.

“There are more than two thousand people who use the bike every day, only at this intersection, other than those we could see in the other crossroads of the Estrada de Belém, all without any protection from the public power”, denounces the administrative coordinator of Ameciclo.

Seven counts have been performed over a year. The first was held in April at the intersection of Avenida Mascarenhas de Moraes and Rua Engenheiro Alves de Souza.There were registered 1,386 cyclists, from 6am to 8pm, resulting in 99 cyclists per hour.

The method of analysis used by Ameciclo involves two or more volunteers each hour who account for and monitor traffic. The data is recorded in a worksheet. The coordinator also points out the lack of research such as these by responsible bodies. “Some studies were made and published in the Cicloviário Master Plan, but we were able to contrast some of them. The counting started at 8:00 a.m., and the flow starts hours before in the metropolitan region,” he says.

The coordinator of communication that shows that there is great use of the modal for public power, can facilitate the creation of measures to assist the traffic of bicycles. “We meet with CTTU on a weekly basis and gather data such as these with the aim of proving that there is already sufficient demand and also pointing out the places with the greatest flow and where there really is a need for an exclusive route,” he concludes.