Expert Suggests More Railings and Mirrors on the Minhocão Cycleway

Retired Died After Being Hit By A Cyclist Under The Elevated. SP City Hall Will Review Inquiry To Take Any Action.Expert Suggests More Railings and Mirrors on the Minhocão Cycleway


The SPTV report was on Thursday (20) to Minhocão in the company of a cicloativista to show some alternatives to improve the safety of the bicycle lane installed in the central bed under the elevated one (see video above). On Monday (17) a retiree died when he was hit by a bicycle that sought access to the bike path.
The cycloativist Augusto Machado points out some changes that could contribute to improving safety. One of them would be to install the protection grids along the whole bike path. “If this grid moved a little to the left and it was separating the bike path along the entire route would already reduce the risk of accident,” he says. “They had to instead of leaning against the curb, had to border the bike lane, it also had to be along the entire bicycle lane.”
In addition, if the bicycle lane was protected by railings, anyone descending from the bus would not invade the space that is unique to cyclists. “I cross the bike lane as I get off the bus because there are no bars protecting,” says one passenger according to businessjust.
Some rear-view mirrors have been installed in the region to allow cyclists and pedestrians to have a better view on some “blind spots,” such as on the corner of St. John’s Avenue and Nothman’s Mall. They were placed near pilasters in a very busy place to facilitate the visualization of those who are cycling or walking. “These mirrors help a lot,” says the expert.
But in the stretch where retiree Florisvaldo Carvalho da Rocha, 78, died when he was hit by a cyclist, there is no mirror. Witnesses said cyclist Gilmar Alencar was following the bike path when he hit the elderly. The cyclist, however, told the G1 that the run-down happened outside the bike lane in the bus strip of Avenida General Olímpio da Silveira.
It was not on the bike path, it was on the street. I was going to access the bike path. I was doing the trajectory of the track and the impact took place in the street, in the strip of bus, just before the access of the bike path to 50 meters, “he said.

‘Pilaster Has Harmed My Vision’

For the cyclist, the pilaster may have prevented the elderly from seeing the bicycle and taken the victim across the street just in front of his path. “He fell into the street. We both fell. So I put him on the sidewalk, near the bike lane, to be able to help, “he said. “The pilaster harmed my view of the sidewalk, but the one who was probably harmed was the pedestrian, who did not see me and stood in front of me.”
Mayor Fernando Haddad said on Wednesday (19) that he will wait for the police investigation into the trampling and death of an elderly man in the region of the Minhocão bicycle lane in downtown São Paulo to take any action.
“Inquiry is for this. We will verify exactly what happened, technically, and report to the CET for action, if any, “said Fernando Haddad.
“Obviously, we are going to follow up the investigation to find out what happened.” There are about three to four deaths a day in the city of São Paulo, and I’ve seen accidents in Ibirapuera Park between cyclists and pedestrians. ”
The delegate asked the Technical-Scientific Police for a technical report on the trampling dynamics to assess whether the pilasters had indeed influenced the incident. The Civil Police also looks for security cameras to get details about the trampling.

Signaling

The bicycle path under the Minhocão was inaugurated ten days ago. The stretch is a stage of conflict between cyclists, bus users and pedestrians.
The signaling does not dictate that bus users have to leave or leave the bus stops from pedestrian tracks that are next to these points. Thus, they walk a good distance under the central bed and they risk mainly near the pillars, where the bicycle paths make curves and it is impossible to see who is coming from the other side.
The problem is repeated near other bus stops along the cycle path, which runs along 50 pillars of Minhocão, between the region of Barra Funda and the Center of São Paulo.
The presence of pedestrians crossing off the tracks is also a reason for risk in the new service, especially if the pedestrian steps on the central bed near the pillars. The City Hall of São Paulo has even installed grates right next to the pillars, but the pedestrians pass by them at all times.