For the first time ever, three Brazilian cities have been awarded the first prize during the 10th edition of the Sustainable Transport Award. Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo have been recognized for the development of innovative and sustainable transport projects.
The city of Belo Horizonte implemented last year Move BRT, which is a 23-km Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system together with pedestrian-only streets, a 27 km cycling network and recovered green areas.
Rio de Janeiro invested a lot of money in public transport during the past few years. In 2014 it opened the second of four BRT systems planned to be working for the 2016 Olympics. This corridor is 39 km long and transport 270,000 users daily.
São Paulo expanded significantly its cycling network in 2014. In addition, the city implemented 320 km of exclusive bus lanes and is planning to build 400 km of cycle lanes this year, which will be part of an overall 500-km network.
The Sustainable Transport Award, established in 2005, recognizes leadership, vision and achievement in sustainable transportation and urban quality of life. The award recognizes strategies that improve resident’s mobility, reduce transport greenhouse and air pollution emissions, as well as improve safety and access for cyclists and pedestrians