Workshop ‘Round N Around’
Better Biking in Sao Paulo
Sunday September 25, 2016
From Copenhagen to Los Angeles, and from Amsterdam to Sao Paulo, over the last few years, conditions for bikers in cities around the world have improved considerately. Meanwhile citizens around the world have increasingly taken up biking as a way of getting around. Thanks to the dedication of biking activists as well as to the commitment of the local government, Sao Paulo has seen the layout of numerous bike paths, as well as the opening up of major avenues for cyclists on Sundays.
Yet, this is only the beginning.
What is attractive about biking in Sao Paulo? What could be improved? What does biking culture and the biking experience look like? And how could it be opened up and made more attractive to a wider population?
During the first workshop we’ve made a start in finding an answer to these questions. Participants were invited to go out and ‘map’ the biking culture of Sao Paulo. They collectively created 4 thematic photo mind maps when out in the city, with the mobile app Snappthis. On their return they discussed the photos and drew up a road map for opportunities towards establishing a more welcoming culture for cyclists in Sao Paulo.
The second workshop was a one week design sprint local participants where the insights from workshop one were used to develop several solutions using cycling data.
This project is a collaboration between USP (University of Sao Paulo), The New Institute: the Dutch national institute for architecture, design and e-culture and the Citizen Data Lab. It is the first installment of a series of two events in which various participants will explore the contribution of urban data and social media to the bikeability of the city.