Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Where there is a problem there is always a (Brazilian) solution...

Anyone who has tried to catch a bus in São Paulo and had the misfortune of not consulting Google Maps before embarking on their journey will know that it is near on impossible task to get any intelligible information on routes, numbers or bus times at a São Paulo bus stop. Mostly they are just metal poles cemented to the pavement which serve to flag the existence of a bus stop but not much else.

Such is the lack of readily-accessible public information around São Paulo bus routes and numbers that a grass roots movements has sprung up to take over what should otherwise be the local city council’s responsibility. “Que ônibus passa aqui” offers downloadable templates from its Facebook fanpage for you to print and paste onto your local bus stop and write up which buses pass by. Here are some pictures of local interventions:

I doubt this is the solution but it may serve as a wake up call to the local administration to label up public transport in time for the World Cup in 2014.

The fact it's happening at all is an interesting reflection on both Brazilian openness to innovation and local political ambivalence towards basic public infrastructure.

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