In an effort to overhaul the city’s private-vehicle heavy transport system, São Paulo mayor Fernando Haddad has undertaken a vast initiative to increase the use of bicycles, public transportation, and reduce private automobile use. Due to the breadth of their scope and their strictness, these measures have come become a source of controversy among the city’s residents, with a vocal minority opposing them due to their inconvenience.

However, a recent survey found significant support for many of its key policies among residents, such as expanded bicycle lanes, restrictions on traffic, despite this support, the survey also found that this support had little effect on the proportion of respondents riding bicycle on a regular basis. Haddad, nonetheless, remains committed to his vision for a new form of sustainable mobility for this congestion-plagued city and continues to defend his efforts and strives to step up his efforts and build up public support and participation.

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