Valley of Fish River Route

Greenways are designated pathways designed for walking or cycling, often repurposed from abandoned railway lines or situated alongside riverbanks. They possess specific characteristics, including continuous routes, minimal intersections with roads, and gentle slopes.

Greenways have already become a reality in Europe and North America. The United States, for instance, boasts the conversion of over 1,200 abandoned railway lines into such routes. Germany boasts more than 600 of these greenways, and Spain boasts an extensive network exceeding 2,000 km in length.

Now, Santa Catarina has the opportunity to join the ranks of greenway enthusiasts with the ‘Caminho do Rio do Peixe’ (Valley of Fish River Route). This project, spearheaded by Brandalise Arquitetura, envisions transforming the Santa Catarina segment of the former São Paulo – Rio Grande Railroad into a bike path that traverses the state from north to south.

Carolina Nunes, Humanität’s urban ecosystem architect who is involved in the project, states, “This will span over 300 km and serve as a catalyst for development and attraction. People will discover new facets of their city landscapes, fostering connections with these newfound points of interest. It reshapes the way locals perceive their own city.”

Beyond the urban stretches that wind through the central areas of numerous municipalities, the ‘Caminho do Rio do Peixe’ holds the potential to unify the region. “In Brazil, relatively few individuals have the opportunity to embark on bike journeys to neighboring cities. However, as these greenways are insulated from vehicular traffic and intersections, they promote the participation of entire families, including children. Furthermore, it’s not a race against the clock. The route encourages users to engage with the infrastructure in diverse ways: leisure, landscape appreciation, and quality time with family and friends,” explains the architect.

Isartalbahnweg, Munich. Photo: Walter C. Weingaertner

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