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Motor Vehicle fines, fund biking…in Brazil

How do you make money to fund biking programs? If you’re in Brazil, you take it out of the motor vehicle tickets.
(photo by: Marcel Maia.)

After Brazil’s President Rousseff created Way to School, a national program that provides 100,000 donated bikes and helmets to students in public schools, the federal government took another important step to encourage the culture of cycling in the country.

Earlier this month, the Bicycle Program Brazil (PBB) bill was approved by the Urban Development Commission of the Chamber of Deputies. Under the measure, 15 percent of collected traffic fines will be used to fund bicycle projects in all municipalities with more than 20,000 inhabitants.

As an example, the Gazeta do Povo blog on cycling, Ir e Vir de Bike (Come and Go By Bike,) explains that in Curitiba this amount would represent nearly R$10 million per year to encourage the use of bikes. This amounts to almost five times the 2011 budget provided for the deployment and infrastructure revitalization of the cycling capital of Parana.

Read more here.

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