Enderson Fabian de Carvalho (
Escola de Engenharia, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais - UFMG
November, 2013
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Projects for the installation of bike lanes in areas of high concentration of vehicles become attractive proposals to encourage the use of alternative means to replace the car aiming at the improvement of the road system and especially encourage the use of non-motorized vehicles for moving people within large centers. However, although significant with the expected development benefits of these projects, the population in this region does not always know or bike path is in accordance with the premises deployment. This study aims to examine the acceptability of the region's trade Savassi-Funcionários in the city of Belo Horizonte-MG-Brazil, regarding the implementation of a bike path in the region, highlighting the benefits of this implementation are known by users who may have their habits modified due to the encouragement of bicycle use. During the study, it was used as a main reference, the Bicycle Mobility Plan for the Cities of the Ministry of Cities (2007), aiming to highlight the essential features for bike lanes developing projects in the Brazilian scenario. The method used to verify the acceptability consisted in developing a qualitative exploratory research, aimed at understanding the perceptions of traders in the region of new bike path. The result shows that 92.5% of respondents did not know the details of the project cycle path and 51.1% mentioned that the bikeway had a negative impact on local businesses. This is providing important information for the assistance to urban mobility planners in making decisions. The observations can give a basis for the development of new studies aiming to minimize potential impacts to the population as well as maximizing the level of awareness of the benefits of using alternative means of transport.