Book: The Automobile
Brazil currently has over 88 million* licensed vehicles and, even facing strong downturn in 2014, held the 4th place in the ranking of the largest car consumer markets, behind only China, United States and Germany.
In large Brazilian cities, the urban congestion results in annual losses to the economy, due to not-accomplished production losses and extra expense of fuel. Brazil also holds a leading position** in sad global rankings: is the 4th country with the highest number of deaths related to traffic accidents and is considered the 33rd most dangerous traffic among 183 countries. On average, 47,000 people lose their lives each year in Brazilian streets and roads.
Identified the problem, it is necessary to find solutions, such as powerful and not palliative measures to make the equation city x vehicle X life quality a possible and harmonious relation. Among the measures outlined in the book to improve the severity of the Brazilian traffic, study points out the recovery of bicycle as a means of transport, the revitalization and better planning of streets and roads and strategic use of trains (underground and surface).
*Source: Ministry of Cities, National Traffic Deparment – DENATRAN – 2015.
**Sources: “Global Status Report on Road Safety 2013” (ONU) and Ranking of World Health Organization.
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