Sunday, 1 May 2011

Skating through traffic on Rua Augusta and hitching a ride back up



Skateboarding is probably not the first thing you think of when you think of São Paulo's streets. High traffic congestion, aggressive lane switching, speeding through red lights and, according to Time maagazine, the world's worst traffic jams do not create the most conducive environment for your average rollerblader, cyclist or skater.

São Paulo is also far more hilly than first impressions would have you believe so I was surprised to see so many skaters hanging out on Saturday night on the central Rua Augusta. Then I noticed the traffic can also be used to your advantage to catch a handy lift up the hills. Check it out:




ps. This is the National Geographic picture my good friends Isaac and Shiraz recalled when they saw the above video. São Paulo 2011 vs Mexico DF 1981, 30 years and not so much has changed...

5 comments:

IsaacRiquelme said...

Do you remember some old Nathional Geo we pick up in urs friends in Mexico Ciyt... there were some pictures of skaters doing "la mosca" in local buses, in the 80s! Urban sports, how cool!

Pierre Larose said...

I do - and I have updated the post for you but I didn't know it was called "la mosca"

Mark said...

Here's your sao paulo chums empathising with the porto alegre bikers .
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8vVDwyAyK0

quite shocking this...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XL3g4vPK30&oref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fresults%3Fsearch_query%3Dporto%2Balegre%2Bcritical%2Bmass%26aq%3Df&has_verified=1

Pierre Larose said...

I remember the incident. Porto Alegre was outrageous. Over here there are virtually no bike lanes and you would have to be a mad man to take on the motoboys, trucks and oversize buses..

Ethan Jones said...

I know about the pleasure when use a cruising longboard for passing the São Paulo's streets. I like to do different tricks with my board. And believe me my board feels so flexible nad comfortable on this road.
The site full of tons of information. I would like to buy Quest super cruiser. Would you please tell me what is the wheel base and plies of the board?

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