It seems the Recife gov’t is going to install bike lanes and shared lanes, as well as a bike-renting program, in the Greater Recife area. The main reason behind the “Pedala PE” program being to alleviate traffic congestion in the city. Recife already has a few areas where people can bike but as far as I know, they aren’t all sanctioned by the city. The project looks to install 100 km of paths/lanes, with 5 designated points (see infographic below), by 2014 at a total estimated cost of R$22.4 million. Fiscal incentive will also be given to companies that support bike usage by their employees. You can read about it here (in PT).
One thing is for sure, if Recife wishes to find success with this program, the public transport system (bus, boats and metro) will have to function really well, kind of like a well-oiled machine. Even though written in satire, this blog post shows there’s quite a ways to go. Also, there may be a problem here of the gov’t making promises that have a habit of hitting road bumps (such as the José Estelita Pier and the Tamarineira park/shopping center).