Cycling is a long-term solution for many problems that city administrators face worldwide. Together with the Dutch Cycling Embassy and Posad, Royal HaskoningDHV had been asked by DERSA to develop a ‘Cycling Master Plan’ to reduce traffic jams and relieve the overloaded ferry service in Santos and Guarujá (Brazil).
The busiest ferry connection for cyclists in the world in Santos
‘The bike’ is the main means of transport for the populations of the Brazilian cities of Santos and Guarujá. Many residents cycle from one town to the other for work daily. Since there is no direct connection yet between the cities, which are separated by water, people cycle to and from a ferry connection. However, the overloaded ferry boat can no longer cope with the number of cyclists. And this is precisely when Desenvolvimento Rodoviário S/A (DERSA), which is amongst others responsible for transportation to and from the port, wants to encourage the use of bicycles and diminish the use of cars.
Royal HaskoningDHV is currently working on an immersed tunnel some 900 metres long for Brazil’s biggest maritime port in Santos, which will form a direct connection between Santos and Guarujá. Dersa has asked Royal HaskoningDHV, together with the Dutch Cycling Embassy and Posad, to also develop a Cycling Master Plan, as a result of which a cycle tube will be created in the centre of the tunnel for bicycle traffic and pedestrians in both directions.
Municipal Authorities Can Start Work Themselves
The project team was also asked to train technicians of the municipal authorities of Santos and Guarujá in order to be able to further develop the integrated plan for the cycling infrastructure. Through a training process with several workshops, the municipal authorities can now start work themselves in order to connect certain cycle routes to the tunnel.
Benefits for the Public
The purpose of the Cycling Master Plan is to integrate the existing cycling network of both municipalities with other modalities, such as the infrastructure for cars, public transport and pedestrians. As a result, the city dwellers will no longer need to use cars to travel from one city to the other and the overburdened and busiest ferry connection for cyclists in the world will have some relief. The number of conflicts between ferry boats and shipping during crossings of the port can be reduced, emissions of greenhouse gases can diminish and the liveability in the surrounding areas will improve.