democratic mobility: active mobility, cycling infrastructure and right to the city in rio de janeiro

This research analyzes the territorial distribution of cycling infrastructure in Rio de Janeiro and its correlation with socioeconomic data. As part of the theoretical framework, the concepts of “right to the city” and citizenship are discussed upon urban and active mobility issues. The main hypothesis of this work is that urban mobility, focusing on active mobility, is a central component to lead citizens to the “right to the city” - in other words, the right to enjoy all the qualities and benefits of urban life. This would reflect a direct correlation between these two elements, indicating that the greater the provision of infrastructure to this type of mobility, the greater the increase of the “right to the city” to acquire by the population. In this sense, the use of the idea of “democratic mobility” in the title of the research intends to subsidize a broader understanding of the adoption of the bicycle as a means of transportation in the urban environment and its relation in living and experiencing the city in a fairer and equitable way.

Content: Thesis (to be available by March 2019).