Pedestrians Populate Highway

#81. Pedestrians Populate Highway

Sunday at overpass, São Paulo, 26 February, 2006. ©João Sodré

Proposal/Official document

The elevated Minhocão, or “big worm,” expressway was cut through central São Paulo in 1971. A municipal ordinance enacted in 1990 turned 2.7 kilomtres of the highway over to pedestrians and cyclists in the evenings and on Sundays. A proposal to permanently cover the roadbed with a pedestrian promenade is now being considered. Pedestrian traffic has transformed the economy of neighbourhoods along the highway.


City of São Paulo; residents

Location: Elevado Presidente Costa e Silva, Minhocão highway, São Paulo, Brasil, since 1971

Tools: Municipal ordinance, orange pylons, signage