I dig cycling on Rio Pinheiros’ bike lane cause I don't stop! It's not that I rush though the city, but the path is so smooth I can set my own rhythm and go like this till the end, since it's a straight line.
It's a joy. When I first started cycling on it, it was shorter and connected only Vila Olímpia to Interlagos. Now it goes further, so I keep going and don't even feel time passing by, it's so fast.
It's hard to talk urban biking without sounding like a "cycle activist". But for me it's just a practical matter. If I put side by side the time that I spend from home to work on a bike - 12 minutes -, on a bus - 30 minutes - and on a car - over 40 minutes... It's simple math.
On Sundays I like to watch the city wake up riding my bike and venturing to other places. I set a route with my friends and hit the ground running through other pathways, I pass by Ipiranga, Downtown, Lapa…
And, of course, all this with the bonus of looking at things up close, the landscape, feel the city breathing, forget about the universe and even see some capivaras!
Outside the car you really merge with the city, see little details, things changing, like a new graffiti on that wall, y'know? And with no earphones you hear what São Paulo has to say.