The Avenida Rui Barbosa is the main avenue of São José of Pinhais and we decided to know what are the main problems faced by pedestrians, trades, and students of SESI.
The Avenida Rui Barbosa is the main avenue of São José of Pinhais and we decided to start our project with a research, asking the pedestrians, trades, and students of SESI what are the problems they face while circulating in this street.
Some of our questions were:
-What are the biggest problems/difficulties that you face in traffic? Most of the answers mentioned the traffic jam and lack of synchronization of the traffic lights.
-What do you think could be improved in the traffic infrastructures? To install more traffic lights and ramps was a common answer.
What is your opinion on viaducts and traffic lights in the city? Many answers referred several problems in their structures.
With so many problems in the traffic, we decided together to begin with something simpler, however significant. The synchronization of the traffic lights would result in several benefits. Even though it wouldn’t end definitively with all traffic problems, it could certainly reduce the taxes of accidents; the stress felt by people in traffic jams, also provoked by an excessive delay in a single sign. This generates a disrespect of the drivers in relation to the preferential ones, causing accidents and bringing more insecurity to the cyclists and pedestrians.
We created an interactive model and posters to explain our project and how it would work. In the model we recreated our avenue to illustrate the traffic scenario there. In one of the posters we put the benefits that would come with the synchronization of the traffic lights. In the other poster we showed three graphs with the percentages of the answers we collected to put in evidence that traffic lights were perceived as the most critical problem in the local traffic infrastructure. We exposed these materials in a stand that we set up in school to share our project with the school community and people who visit the campus.
We wrote a petition to collect signatures in our stand and around the school. We wanted to reach 450 signatures and we managed to get 347 people supporting our request. During this signatures collection we received many comments of discontent with the transit in the region and compliments for our initiative. People encouraged us to continue with actions such as this one and they also brought suggestions for new proposals such as relocating bus stops, spine insertion and timed signs. This petition with the signatures was forwarded to City Council.