30 km of temporary bike lanes implemented in Belo Horizonte to face the COVID-19 emergency
The Municipality of Belo Horizonte, through the Transport and Transit Public Enterprise –BHTrans- and under the leadership of Eveline Trevisan, Sustainability and Environment Coordinator, is currently implementing an extensive and continuous cycling network that connects the eastern and western regions of the city, offering a safe mobility option during the Covid-19 pandemic for those who work in essential services and need to commute every day.
The intervention adds approximately 30 km of temporary bike lanes to the already existing 90 km. It links sections of existing bike paths and the temporary ones connecting the Barreiro region to Andradas Avenue, in the neighborhood of São Geraldo. In the second phase, the Municipality is exploring the integration of another 4.7 km of bike lanes on the Teresa Cristina Avenue, located in the neighboring municipality of Contagem.
Moreover, besides providing a mobility alternative during the emergency, the initiative meets an old demand from urban cyclists in Belo Horizonte, which is the interconnection of bicycle lanes with the city's central region. Several new stretches were implemented in the whole central area to feed the cycling network, which leads to the integration of cycle paths in the central and south central regions.
The map below shows the integration of existing and temporary bike lanes in Belo Horizonte.