RCE Curitiba-Parana - 2019

Basic Information
Title of project : 
Submitting RCE: 
RCE Curitiba-Parana
Contributing organization(s) : 
Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), Federal Technological University of Paraná (UTFPR)
Focal point(s) and affiliation(s)
Marcelo Risso Errera
Organizational Affiliation: 
Eloy Fassi Casagrande Jr.
Organizational Affiliation: 
Format of project: 
manuscript, slides, audiovisual
Language of project: 
Date of submission:
Urban mobility. Active, diverse, low energy and emissions mobility by bicycles. We participate formulating projects, regulations and policies before Curitiba City Hall and the Paraná State Government.
At what level is the policy operating?: 
Geographical & Education Information
Curitiba, Antonina
Address of focal point institution for project: 
Avenida Coronel Francisco Heráclito dos Santos, nº 100, Jardim das Américas
Curitiba, Paraná 81530-000
Socioeconomic and environmental characteristics of the area : 
Curitiba is the capita of the State of Paraná. There are 3,600,000 inhabitants living in the metropolitan area of area of 15,913.24 sqr-km and density 227.17 inhab./sqr-km. The area HDI is 0.783, considered to be high for Brazil. The GDP is nearly
R$ 135 billions and a GDP per capita R$ 38,995.77. The urban bus system a reference worldwide (BRT) but with the equivocated policy for expansion of urban fleet the traffic conditions have deteriorated and vehicular emissions have substantially increased. The project CICLOVIDA has been pushing the agenda for lower private vehicles and the integration of cycle-mobility alternatives.
Description of sustainable development challenge(s) in the area the project addresses: 
As far as mobility goes, the challenge is to provide reliable and affordable alternatives for the population in the present time and for the future. The mix and integration of mobility alternatives will dramatically improve the quality of life, inclusion and economic productivity for the region. Curitiba, as Brazil in general, has relied on combustion engine vehicles (bus, cars) for decades and the degradation of the urban space, the travel time and air quality, bus fare are major issues.
March, 2008
The central idea of the Phase I of the project was to turn the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), in partnership with the Technological Federal University of Paraná (UTFPR), a diffusion core of a culture of more sustainable and healthy urban mobility with the emphasis in the use of bicycles. There were and there are many initiatives in place with inter and multi-disciplinary approach. They all consider evidence-based recommendations, demonstration, seminars, lectures, art and culture events and productions, in order to promote the "culture of the cyclo-mobility". Along the 8 years (+5 years non-officially) of the phase I of the project, we established and reference center for the variety of actions that now continues in phase II until 2024.
The main goals are to promote the "culture of cyclo-mobility" across the internal community by establishing a strong core for similar actions, mobility modal challenges, visual and multimedia production, web site, publications, national and international events, simulator to the Campus community and the external community.
Activities and/or practices employed: 
• Hold Seminars, internal and external
• Induce and support academic dissertations and theses
• Hold Intermodal challenges
• Promote visibility in media outlets
• Participation in public hearings
• Presentation of project to public officials and
• Create digital media - Website with all the material http://www.ciclovida.ufpr.br
• Produce publications (printed and digital) of educational material covering routes, guidelines, safety and regulations
• Exchange with NGO, schools, and public officials
• Hold events national or international (World Bicycle Forum, among others)
Size of academic audience: 
50,000 members of the academic community, in additional to countless participantes from the community. Estimates of 1000 ppl/year
• Annual seminars, internal and external
• Academic graduation work, theses and dissertations
• Annual intermodal challenges
• Several interviews in mainstream media outlets
• Participation in public hearings
• Presentation of project to public officials and technical assistance to citycouncil person
• Permanent Digital media - Website with all the material http://www.ciclovida.ufpr.br
• Several ublications (printed and digital) of educational material covering routes, guidelines, safety and regulations
• Exchange with NGO, schools, and public officials
• Events: National (March of bicycles, "Arte, Bicicleta e Mbilidade") or international (e.g., World Bicycle Forum, among others)
Among many others, the 2018 intermodal challenge http://www.ciclovida.ufpr.br/?p=4261 , bike rides http://www.ciclovida.ufpr.br/?p=4308, seminars http://www.ciclovida.ufpr.br/?p=4312, and most recently, a cycle routes plan developed by faculty and students will be adopted by the City of Curitiba. One example of publication is available at http://alturl.com/pchgy A youtube channel is available https://www.youtube.com/user/ciclovidaufpr/featured http://www.curitiba.pr.gov.br/tv/prefeito-participa-do-desafio-intermodal/3125
Lessons learned: 
In our modest assessment the project has been successful since its start in 2003 because we have a very competent leadership (Mr. Carlos Belotto, a staff member of UFPR) and we welcomed anyone truly interested in promoting cyclomobility, either from inside the academia or outside. We have held periodical meetings that valued the participation and contribution of everyone. We did not associate with political parties and promoted diversity of thoughts. The challenge is to keep a large team motivated and integrated, to keep the work inter and multidisciplinary and document the work. We have full institutional support from UFPR administration, financial resources were always scarce, but we had good team.
Key messages: 
" Culture of more sustainable and healthy urban mobility" Curitiba's street artist Plá composed a tune https://youtu.be/lfT_rQHioAM?t=130 and always participate in our events. "Pra andar de bicicleta tem que ter moral", or "To ride a bike must have guts" in a loose translation of the street expression.
Relationship to other RCE activities: 
We have held international meetings (e.g., World Bicycle Forum https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Bike_Forum, World RCE 2010 and RCE America 2016) and exchanged experiences and prospect on currently basis with some RCE-Americas. http://www.curitiba.pr.gov.br/tv/prefeito-participa- do-desafio-intermodal/3125
UFPR, UTFPR funds “modal challenge”, students, printed matter, travel expenses, and support for meetings and seminars.


File Name Caption for picture Photo Credit
Image icon Cicloturismo Curitiba x Antonina.jpg (99.75 KB) Cyclo-tourism departure from Curitiba to hystoric seaport Antonina (90km) Ciclo Vida media coverage team
Image icon bicicleta_ufpr_hystoric_building.jpg (52.82 KB) "Bicicletada" with ciclovida team in front of the UFPR hystoric bulding Ciclo Vida media coverage team
Image icon forum_mundial_3.jpg (14.98 KB) Auditorioum activity in 3rd World Bicycle Forum Ciclo Vida media coverage team
Image icon bike_racks.jpg (35.44 KB) Bike racks designed by the Ciclovida Team (UFPR students) Ciclo Vida media coverage team
Image icon infographic_car_or_bike.png (1.67 MB) Infographic "Car or bike" produced by the design students of UFPR Design students of the project
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
(https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs) and other themes of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
SDG 1 - End poverty in all its forms everywhere 
SDG 4 - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all 
SDG 5 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls 
SDG 7 - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all 
SDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all 
SDG 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation 
SDG 10 - Reduce inequality within and among countries 
SDG 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable 
SDG 12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns 
SDG 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts 
SDG 15 - Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss 
SDG 16 - Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels 
SDG 17 - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development 
Curriculum Development 
Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development – Priority Action Areas
Priority Action Area 1 - Advancing policy 
Priority Action Area 2 - Transforming learning and training environments 
Priority Action Area 3 - Building capacities of educators and trainers 
Priority Action Area 4 - Empowering and mobilizing youth 
Priority Action Area 5 - Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level