04 Sep '12, 12pm

Bike Schools Turn Kids into Future Urban Cyclists in Brazil

Bike Schools Turn Kids into Future Urban Cyclists in Brazil

The transformation of Copenhagen in one of the bike-friendliest cities in the world was not accidental. In fact, in the 1950s and '60s cars had invaded its streets, and reversing the trend required urban planning and the education of society. A key in this process was to include bicycles in the Danish school curriculum so that children could learn how to move in traffic responsibly and start riding at an early age. This practice has now arrived to Latin America: Sao Paulo, the largest city in the continent and Brazil's economic capital, recently launched the program 'Cycling Schools,' which intends to turn kids into urban cyclists. The program has two aspects, and is focused on the Unified Education Centers (Centros de Educação Unificados or CEU), schools for children 0-14 years old which also act as community centers offering sports and cultural activities to the resident...

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