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Post By Borut Sočan
on 28. Sep 2012

Winning Project for Metropolitan Transportation System to Pedal, Caracas, Venezuela

We have already reported about how Cruz Criolo, our finalist in TUC 2011 Competition recently won a competition in Caracas, Venezuela, with his colleague Andrea Hernandez. Congratulations to authors!

The competition expresses serious ambition of Caracas towards sustainable mobility. Authors went to Paris to learn more about how the they manage cycling. They are also advising the city Hall for the enactment of a law that promotes cycling as a means of transport.

"This an important opportunity to generate a change in the transport system in my city." said Cruz Criolo

Just before the start of 2013 Trimo Urban Crash Competition it seems the right time to present more about Cruz and Andrea's winning project. It's all about urban cycling, the topic that will be the center of attention at TUC 2013.

Read more about the interesting project in and check the new Trimo Urban Crash task.

Authors:
Andrea Hernández
Cruz Criollo
CCS BIKE Metropolitan Transportation System to pedal

The proposed CCS Bike incorporates two types of circuits, an espresso and other
recreation. The expressway is a permanent road designed for daily mobility operation from
Monday to Sunday. It has 6 circuits. The road is a road recreational provisional in nature
tourism and sports use during weekends or holidays. It has two circuits operating at an
altitude of one thousand and one that runs east-west of the city connecting the most
important public spaces such as the Parque del Oeste, the Calvary, The Caobos Park, Park
East, etc..


Both circuits are green and are shaped by a system of urban elements such as:
The smart striped, which is green stripes whose intensity is constant traffic channels and
becomes more dense to indicate the approach to traffic lights, crossings, bicinodos. The
bike path is the symbol for the exclusive use bicycles and the corresponding smitten.
The urban signage, special lights made up for the passage of cyclists and ads bicinodos
symbol or bicycle parking.


The barriers are two types, the perimeter of the bike path that serve to protect and warn
drivers and speeders that prevent motorcycles or similar vehicles from entering the bike
path.
Boxes waiting at traffic lights are and serve as a waiting area for cyclists to make a turn or
change direction. The width is 2.50 m and must go before the striped crosswalk.
The bike path should have a width of 1.20 m and 1.50 m. It will be located on the left side
of the road either street or avenue. In the center the bike path will be marked with a white
dot to not affect the existing pavement. 

Bicinodos

They are the Metro-bikes (public system of bicycle hire)
parking and connections to public transport systems and are located near subway stations,
bus stops and Metro Bus. The idea is to recover residual spaces within the city to become
public spaces that house the bicinodo. The parking lots are of three types, one that can be
placed vertically within an existing public space or recovered, the underground-parking
infrastructure which can be placed on the metro stations to places densified, and the
individual, which has no cost and can be placed in squares and parks.
 

BiciBus and Bicivagón
These systems facilitate the transport of cyclists to far off places in the Greater Caracas.
 

Management and funding
The system would depend on administrative management of the metropolitan transport
body cover four of the five municipalities of Greater Caracas, however we propose a
decentralized management scheme and co-managed with local municipalities so that the
bike path as a means of transport corresponds to metropolitan mayor, while the public
parking systems as well as bicycles bicibuses to local mayors. In the installation phases of
both the bike path and the system bike metro-financing would come from the Four Wheel
Tax, this tax would be collected by local municipalities and directed entirely to the
financing of the system, the tax are to shoulder one half-unit rate annual tax on private
vehicles with four wheels, so that in the first year the system would have a budget of
approximately one million tax units

Relevance and feasibility of the project
The large volume of private cars on the roads of Caracas and its subsequent occupation of
the city road network and public transport deficit in the capital, make it necessary to
incorporate new solutions to mobility within the city space . The addition of a new public
transport system in harmony with the structure built of Caracas as CCS cycling
systematizing the relationship with the bicycle creating a public transport system. Taking
the time average value of transportation from one place to another bicycle in the city can
ensure faster routes to outrun average private cars, public transport and even the subway in
their current circumstances, making the new system in a feasible option for urban transport.