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Traffic Fines Fund Bike-Friendly Cities In Brazil

Traffic Fines Fund Bike-Friendly Cities In Brazil

In yet another step that indicates its commitment to alternative transportation, the Brazilian government recently passed a new law that will use revenue collected in the form of traffic tickets to support the development of bike-friendly programs and infrastructure.

Once enacted, the Bicycle Program Brazil (PBB) will appropriate 15 percent of collected traffic fines to be used to fund bicycle projects in all municipalities with more than 20,000 inhabitants.

PBB follows on the heels of another alternative transportation initiative called Way To School, a national program that has provided 100,000 donated bikes and helmets to students in public schools.

Projects eligible for PBB funding including the creation of bike lanes and campaigns that promote a healthy and active lifestyle through bike commuting.

“In addition to funding from traffic fines, budget allocations at all levels of government and contributions from organizations, individuals and legal entities (domestic and foreign) can also serve as a financial resource for the Bike Program Brazil,” writes The City Fix.

In a time when city governments around the world are struggling to develop cleaner, more efficient transportation systems, Brazil’s willingness to utilize traffic fine revenue in this way is both innovative and encouraging. It demonstrates that funds designation for transportation don’t necessarily have to be directed toward bigger highways, parking garages and traffic control systems.

Instead, using these funds to encourage public use of alternative, non-motorized transportation shows that it’s possible to alleviate urban congestion problems and reduce carbon emissions at the same time… without millions in new government funding.

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4:46PM PDT on Oct 29, 2011

cool

5:46PM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

Now that's a plan.

10:06PM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

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1:03PM PDT on Aug 27, 2011

WoW, what a clever idea! On one had, you punish bad drivers and on the other you reward considerate bikers!

2:57AM PDT on Aug 27, 2011

It's great that getting people on bikes is a priority for Brazil. The Way To School project is very cool.

11:14PM PDT on Aug 26, 2011

Sounds great--- I hope this idea and other similar ideas spread world wide.

9:36PM PDT on Aug 26, 2011

Good idea

5:34PM PDT on Aug 26, 2011

Brazil rocks

2:51PM PDT on Aug 26, 2011

I'm surprised at the poll. Oh well. The last few lines says it all: "Brazil’s willingness to utilize traffic fine revenue in this way is both innovative and encouraging. It demonstrates that funds designation for transportation don’t necessarily have to be directed toward bigger highways, parking garages and traffic control systems.

Instead, using these funds to encourage public use of alternative, non-motorized transportation shows that it’s possible to alleviate urban congestion problems and reduce carbon emissions at the same time… without millions in new government funding." Thanks.


1:14PM PDT on Aug 26, 2011

Where I live bike riders do 10x the traffic infractions with much less than 5% of the vehicles, I think its a great idea to start giving the bike riders tickets. Some of the things they do, running red lights, wrong way on street, driving on sidewalk etc etc are dangerous and unsafe.
Fine the heck out of them.

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