Around 800 attendees from all over the country, including public managers and servants, professionals, students and interested parties gathered on 29 and 30 October in São José dos Campos for the National Seminar on Urban Mobility, organized by the Association of Engineers and Architects of São José dos Campos - AEA/SJCampos, with the support of the Council of Architecture and Urbanism – CAU/SP and the sponsorship of Colinas Green Tower.
The event had presentations from varied urban mobility and universal design specialists and achieved press highlights by gathering professionals from all over Brazil and also from Colombia to demonstrate existing solutions to issues related to accessibility and the integration with different transport modes.
To the president of AEA/SJCampos, Civil Engineer Carlos Vilhena, the purpose was to demonstrate practical cases and to inspire actions in cities. “At a time when cities need to act towards an orderly growth, debating urban mobility at a technical level with urbanism experts becomes not only timely, but also essential due to the urgent need to revert the chaotic scenario being played out on public roads”, he says.
During the city tour on board an articulated bus through the city, which recently got exclusive bus lanes, public authorities, engineers, architects, students, interested parties and even members of the Free Pass Movement debated over the effectiveness of the exclusive bus corridors.
Experts in all areas of urban mobility
The president of the Council of Architecture and Urbanism of São Paulo – CAU/SP, architect and urbanist Afonso Celso Bueno Monteiro, was the first speaker and he talked about universal accessibility. Afonso highlighted the importance of professional participation in urban mobility planning in cities. “Architects and urbanists need to participate on the execution of master plans in cities”, he said.
The seminar also had the presence of wheelchair athlete Eduardo Mayr, president of ABRC (the Brazilian Wheelchair Rugby Association), who highlighted the accessibility theme and told about his experiences travelling around the world.
Journalist Natália Garcia presented traffic and transport data and raised questions over how to measure urban mobility issues and solutions. She talked about her experiences travelling around the world with her folding bike and showed good examples of how the bicycle can be used as a safe and effective transport mode, a topic also mastered and defended by architect Ricardo Corrêa, from TC Urbes.
The pavements were the topic of the presentations by civil engineer Jary Castro, president of the Regional Council of Engineering and Agronomy of Mato Grosso do Sul (Crea-MS), by engineer Erika Mota, public management specialist and coordinator of ABCP Solutions for Cities Program and by civil engineer Germán Madrid, from Colombia, pavement and public road planning specialist who implemented a project in Medellin considered to be an international benchmark in transport integration.
AEA/SJCampos invited journalist Marcos de Souza from Mobilize Brasil Portal to talk about public transport. He presented various success stories of cities that implemented LRV and BRT transport systems.
The pedestrian was the theme of the presentations on linear parks by architect Celimene Arantes from the Goiânia City Council, who presented the Macambira Anicuns linear park case study, and by architect Anna Dietzsch who talked about Vila Madalena’s linear park in São Paulo.
Encompassing all the topics covered, the Pedra Branca real state enterprise, presented by manager Valério Gomes Neto, showed that good planning, good projects, political will and engaged and determined people can make the real City for People!
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