Interconnected parks
6 de February de 2018

The needs for leisure spaces to be interconnected is discussed for a long time. It is important that they are not only destined to the citizens’ leisure, but also to spaces for mobility, by cycling and walking, inviting people to move from one part of town to another.

Circuits on the river banks, with a route of attractions interconnected by paths and cycle paths, for example, can revitalize all areas, valuing the urban landscape. Brazil could take full advantage of this potential since we have rivers in abundance.

The infrastructure of these spaces can be simple. In Germany, for example, spaces such as these rely on adapted wooden trunks such as benches, and gravel paths or even clay. Even with simplicity, they are widely used by the community.

There are other advantages to this type of idea. Green areas are important places for drainage of rainwater and prevent floods. Several studies relate the presence of green areas to the health of the population. In addition, active mobility also fights sedentary lifestyle, resulting in more health. Alternative routes for walking or cycling take off, directly or indirectly, part of the traffic of motor vehicles. They also open much safer spaces for cyclists than traditional cycle paths.

Increasing the possibilities of people circulation among the leisure areas also extends the security. Isolated parks are also less frequented because they stimulate a sense of insecurity and uneasiness.

These are some of the reasons why our managers can not ignore the proposal of interconnected parks. An inexpensive and smart bet that will bring immense gains in quality of life and mobility for Brazilians. And maybe one day we will be able to do as Germans, Dutch and Danes, who can travel, by way of bike paths developed within this philosophy, to other countries.

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