In order to encourage the use of bicycles in our city, to contribute to healthy practices and to reduce the flow of vehicles in the center of the city at peak times, we conducted an investigative analysis through observations in our city and identified the need to put bike racks in strategic points in the city center.
By observing the flow of vehicles, we found out that at the shops' opening and closing times and also at 9am in the morning and at 3pm on Mondays to Fridays, the number of cars is higher in the streets and can cause people more stress.
Therefore, the idea came up as a proposal to the municipal administration to place some bicycle lifts in the city center, so that people residing in the town can go with their bicycles to work, to shop or to have fun and have places where to park their bikes safely.
In order to verify and analyze the feasibility of the proposal, we developed and applied a questionnaire in a digital platform and in physical form, through interviews. We had 134 people participating in this research.
Of the participants, 80% were male, the predominant age range was between 20 and 39 years old.
Most of the interviewees used bicycles, 16% did not. Of all of them, 94% consider it a good idea to set up bicycle lifts in the city center and leave their bicycles on the bike rack.
The purpose of this work is to encourage the use of bicycles in our city, to contribute to healthy practices and to reduce the flow of vehicles in the city center at peak times and weekdays. The results of our research reinforces that our idea proposed is valid.
In addition to reducing people's stress, it would also minimize the slow pace of traffic, encourage the practice of physical exercises, promote quality of life and still contribute to the environment, since the amount of gas emissions that intensify the greenhouse effect would be diminished.
However, within the deadline established in the execution of the project, we were unable to mobilize the necessary resources to put our idea into practice, which were get enough founding or necessary partnerships to install the bike ranks in the strategic points of the city center. These will be our next steps since we believe it will bring great benefits to the people in Francisco Beltrão.