How urban mobility influences your quality of life
Shared bikes, electric scooters, hitchhiking apps, these and other ways to get around can make life easier for those willing to give it a try.
Save time, gain quality of life, change the way you move.
Time passes at every moment, time doesn’t stop, but if you live in São Paulo you might be used to stopping. Perhaps you are used to remaining immobile, for long periods, stagnant in kilometer traffic, where the only thing that runs is time.
The largest commercial and cultural center in Latin America, São Paulo evolved rapidly, in 1872 it had 30 thousand residents, today it has more than 12 million.
12 million people, with their lives to live, problems to solve, places to visit, paths to go. Certainly, this volume of agents moving around would create a challenge for urban mobility.
Research indicates that people from São Paulo spend, on average, more than 10% of their day in traffic, almost 1 month and a half of their life between cars, each year.
But for every problem, there is the possibility of a solution, and thus new transport alternatives arise in the largest Brazilian metropolis.
Seeking to save time and improve health, shared bicycles arrived in town and we have some options available.
The Yellow presents a new usage model, Dockless system, you can find the scattered bicycles in various parts of the city, the app will indicate the closest, use them to where you want, quit the race and leave the bike there, in a place that does not interfere with traffic or pedestrian circulation, as long as it is within the company’s area of operation.
Yellow’s bikes were designed for short trips, they don’t have gear changes.
Itaú and Bradesco’s bicycles, the already famous little oranges and reds are another option for those looking to cycle. These bikes are best suited for those who are going to face steeper climbs, as they have gears. Both have fixed stations, to be removed and returned.
However, there are still few cycle paths and, among the existing ones, many are inadequate. Understand a little more about the issue of shared bicycles in Brazil.
Those looking for more fun, who want to ride a motor vehicle on the streets at 30 km/h, on bike paths at 20 km/h or up to 6 km/h on sidewalks, may find themselves in the means of transport that has recently arrived in Brazil, the electric scooter.
An attractive option also for those with little skill on the bike and for those who find it difficult to pedal when wearing a dress, skirt or social clothes.
Some companies that offer this service are Scoo, Yellow and Grin. Only Scoo provides helmets on your trips.
When stopping and observing the congestion in São Paulo, we can see that most cars have only one or two people. If there were a way to gather people who are going to the same place, the number of cars on the street would certainly decrease, wouldn’t it?
Fortunately, tools were created to unite people on their journeys, reducing traffic and promoting savings for those traveling together.
Uber’s new travel model, Uber Together, seeks to optimally match the route of those with similar paths. Most of the time it will be necessary for the passenger to move to a nearby meeting point so that the driver does not take unnecessary turns.
Traveling shared with other passengers costs less, but usually takes longer than an exclusive ride.
Along with this wave, Waze launched its carpool app, Waze Carpool. In this tool, you create your profile, define where you live, your workplace, commuting time and if you are looking for or offering a ride, the app will show you, people, with the same path and you can select who you want to go to with.
Despite this pre-defined information, nothing prevents you from using the service on a different route, such as a trip to the beach, for example.
For greater security, you can filter users, take a ride only with people of the same gender or who work in the same company.
The values are usually low, the idea of the tool is to be a cost-sharing, not a way to profit, precisely for this reason the user can only give two rides a day. All monetary transactions are done through the app.
With a similar proposal, the BlaBlaCar app has existed in Brazil since 2015, a means of sharing travel costs by offering a ride, the difference is that it focuses only on moving from one city to another.
The application itself suggests a price for the trip, which is usually lower than the bus ticket, but it is up to the car owner to accept, being free to offer a higher or lower price.
To be a member you must register using your Facebook profile, which will have your identity confirmed by the app’s team. As the traveler uses the service, they will receive reviews, important to build trust.
The “Só Para Elas” symbol identifies drivers who only take other women.
The user can identify himself as “Bla”, “Blabla”, or “Blablabla”, referring to his desire to talk during the trip.
Subway, the preferred means of transport in São Paulo
It is not always necessary to create something new to improve a problem, sometimes exploring what already exists can be the path, and sometimes this path can be underground. The subway was elected for the fourth time in a row as the best means of transport by people from São Paulo, those who live close to a station report ease and speed in moving around.
This makes people increasingly look for developments close to the metro, such as Downtown Nova República.
Seeking to bring more people close to the subway, the city hall introduced policies that facilitate the construction of large structures near the stations, with the aim of reducing traffic and streamlining life for the people of São Paulo.
A new perspective
But what if we adopted a different strategy to get around the problem? What if instead of commuting from our house to work every day, we moved our house closer to work?
That’s what technology project manager Alex Fonseca, 42, did when he got a job in Vila Olímpia and moved from Butantã to live close to work. Alex says that renting in Vila Olímpia is more expensive, but that the savings on the car and the time savings made it all worthwhile.
“I earn per hour worked. Living close to work, I have more hours available, I can work more because I spend less time in traffic. And life is better. I walk, I ride my bike,” he said as he walked home. The information is from the newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo.
In the rush of everyday life, we sometimes turn on autopilot, we always do things the same way, we don’t stop analyzing new possibilities.
When it comes to traveling in the city of São Paulo, think about reviewing your options, there are new ways, and even old ones, that are worth considering.
Changing the way you move can save time, money, better health, fun, an opportunity to meet new people, to make new friends. Look to the side. Turn off autopilot.