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Sociedade do Automóvel - Automobile Society - Sociedad del Automóvil

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If I choose to go home at 6 or 6:50 p.m. I have to prepare myself psychologically because I know the traffic will be bad. I work inside a shopping center and I never know if the weather is cold or if it's hot or raining. I start work in the morning, and this ramp is the moment that I see the outside and say: 'Gosh, the traffic is heavy' I go to work at 5:20 in the morning, First I walk 20 minutes to take a bus to Sao Miguel it takes me 30 minutes. Then I take a charter bus to the place I work. I woke up on Monday at 3:40 a.m. go out at 4:15 a.m take the bus and go to the train station. Then the train goes to Bras Station. From Bras I take the subway, 3 lines, green, red and blue. It takes me 2:15 hours going to work. The day I decided 'I won't use this car any more' was the day I spent over an hour going to college, and I missed a test. That day I thought: If I was using the subway, I could've been there in 20 minutes I use the bike as my first transport option. I don't only use my bike, I also use public transport. and sometimes I use my car. Inside the car you're on the car speed, which is 30 times faster than walking. With the rhythm of walking you can discover relations, urban landscape, good and bad things, you discover the city, you discover what's the metropolis. It's easier to feel the constant interaction between people when you're walking. I think the automobile should have an specific role, when you have to travel long distances to places without public transportation and if you are short on time. If we go out as 5 people, we have to pay 5 fares to go and 5 to return home. We'll spend more than twice than if we travelled by car as 5 people. The automobile was always part of a dream at least from people close to me... Driving when you're 18, 19 years is really cool. It gives you a feeling of independance. Then you drive more and more... and you realise, you've become a car-dependant. In 1900, the main transportation was the animal powered tram. Then came the first electric tramway, from Barra Funda to Largo Sao Bento The tramway started to lose its importance by the 1930's when some other means of transportation appeared: specially the automobile and the bus, which started growing as the tramway was losing passengers until totally disappeared in 1968. Amongst the big cities in Brazil, Sao Paulo is the only city which has more trips by private individual transportation than trips made by public transport. It's not bad, because there's no way to get worse. Traffic jam also on '23 de maio' avenue. The traffic moves a little, but it's move a while, and stop a while. In 1976 the city of Sao Paulo has about 7.5 mi inhabitants, 1.6 million cars. From then until now, how has this situation behaved? There's a growth of 23% on the population, 25% in the road system, and the number of cars increased 280%. There was 1 car for a group of 6 people. Now we have 1 car for every 2 people. People used to say 'rush hour'... there's no more 'rush hour', I cannot understand... some days the roads are clear, and there's others with traffic jam at 4 p.m. We believe that from the 5,4 million cars we have on the roads circulating everyday at the same time about 3 million cars. The 5 million cannot get on the road at the same time, there's no space, there's not enough streets. The problem is that everybody wants to go out at the same time, the same way, using the car everyday to do everything. There won't be enough tunnels and bridges that can solve the problem. Nothing will solve it. When you look at this, you say: is it worth? what am I doing? It's a lot of time wasted. I don't stop on my way to work and that's wonderful. You have that feeling of freedom: the car on a highway driving on a beautiful sunset, It's easier to get a bike and go anywhere at any time than go by car. By car, you think twice: how's the traffic? Are there parking places? Nothing happens... Driving is always the same. When you walk or use public transport, it can always be different. I always think the driver is in a miserable situation. And we should have solidarity. Because it's really bad to be in that situation. Sometimes it's not good to ride a bike. And then it's crazy: you cannot ride because the air is polluted then you use a car... We estimate that everyday in Sao Paulo because of the air pollution we have deaths in excess of 7 to 10 people. Most of us won't feel anything. We're going to pay the price after a long time. There'll be more risk of heart disease, behavioural disturbances, more risk of cancer. Some years later, some of us will pay the price for this critical aggression. It's called life expectancy decrease. In a city like Sao Paulo, we estimate about 2 years less because of the air pollution. In Sao Paulo last year about 1.3 thousand people died. Almost always there's the driver's behavior, the excessive speed, and occasionally the causes are road conditions or signal failures. You've got health, you've got family union, you've got good moments with your family. But if you don't have protection, you can lose all that in less than 3 minutes, because every 3 minutes a car is stolen in the metropolitan area of Sao Paulo. How can you avoid that? Buying CarSystem, calling CarSystem. CarSystem means protection and safety. Do you feel safer walking or driving in Sao Paulo? Driving. - Why? Because I think it's easier to drive than being in the streets. Walking you're exposed to being robbed at any time. I feel safer driving my car. Because inside a car I have the chance to drive with my windows closed and walking I am more vulnerable. The car gives you a feeling of more safety, because you're controlling who's close to you, who's not. If you see someone behind you that you think's following you you start to make shortcuts. You feel safer because you're inside something, you can close the windows. - Have you been robbed? - Yes. - When you're driving or walking? Inside a car... But I left the window opened! I was with my windows closed, he knocked on the window, told me to open it and asked for money. I've been robbed 6 times on the last 8 years, on different danger levels, inside my car. I think it's a lot safer riding a bike than driving a car. Sometimes, when I'm driving at some places I close the window and feel frightened. Then I realize that I also go to the same place by bike and never get worried. Because the automobile is like your house that you take for a walk on four wheels. It's your identity inside there, it's your house in miniature, on that closed space. And by public transport or walking you're nobody, you're with everybody. People say that's about mobility But we know the car's much more than a means of transport. New Siena, more than a car, a conquest. What do you want to buy? Beauty, status, privacy, comfort. A bubble that isolates you from the city, that rips you off this social tissue. Where you put dark windows to stop seeing and to stop being watched. You cover it with armor so your safety cannot be threatened. If I was the 'Brazilian emperor' and my first law was: 'I forbid the private automobile and I'd instantly create a perfect public transportation system'. My head will roll in a bloody revolution. If you could take anything from here for free, what would it be? Anything? A Ferrari, no doubt. I'd take a Ferrari. A car. A Ferrari. I'd take the women... Ferrari. The brunette inside a Masseratti on that stand. If you have to choose between the woman and the car, what do you choose? The car. What would be different if you drive this car on the streets? Many things... A lot of women! It would rise my social status because I usually go by bus. Nothing, nothing at all... Only the status. It'd be totally different I'd become a celebrity... "Authority", anything like that. I'd be in the media. I prefer not to buy it... Because I'm going to get get robbed. I'd have to buy an armured-Mercedes. As you expand the road system to support all of these car trips, the city expands itself in a model of urbanisation typical from the USA. This kind of city is extremely expensive because the state has to provide infrastructure which means not only roads, but all the public services water supply, light, drain system, to regions always more distant. And as the middle-classes move to the suburbs, the poor are banished to even more distant areas. I think whoever is poor on the outskirts of the city tends to live in a dormitory-city without access to services, business, leisure, and sociability beyond that confined society. And of course it generates violence, idleness, lack of opportunities... And all this is related to citizenship. On Saturdays we go to a church close to here to have confirmation classes When the classes end, we come back home. Sunday, the whole day inside the house. Now he plays on a soccer team with friends and we can go see the matches. Supporting them is our fun on Sundays. The nearest movie theatre is in Suzano's mall To get there by public transport you spend one hour and a half. You spend more time on your way to the theatre than watching the movie. It's like a bird in a cage the poor bird get's there... Many times, to have fun, his sisters and I turn on the stereo and start dancing. Our leisure. How long does it take from your house to your job? Does your time cost? How much do you pay for that? The repressive actions intend to guarantee a good traffic flow. The violations related to safety and respect are treated like second class violations. Try to call a cop and say 'There's a car on the sidewalk in the pedestrians way'. The cop won't do anything. When we get inside a car we have a feeling of power and everybody in front of us becomes an enemy to be beaten. We establish social relations not any more based on sociability, but on anger. Using public space on the streets to park cars, that are private proprieties, disrupting the traffic flow, which is a a public usage of the city space, it's total nonsense. Why a person who owns a car has the right to occupy an undetermined public space? Why my sidewalk cannot advance two more metres, or make a garden? If you have a car you might have a place to store it and not occupying public space with it. This street should be four meters narrow. Not wider, as the drivers want. Then we can have more trees, more gardens, playgrounds and even bigger houses. The poor quality of public transport made the automobile become a necessity. I spend one hour to go working by car. If I go by bus, it takes much more time. So why spending two hours to go working and two hours to come back home if you can afford a car? It doesn't make sense... We defend ourselves against the bad public transportation buying a car. To protect against the bad public health system, we pay a private medical care. To protect against bad public education, we pay private schools to our children. Because of the bad public security, we pay private ones... Shopping centers, private condominiums, car-only areas, parking areas... it creates segregation and distance, because you're always 'driving in' and you stop being on the streets. Sao Paulo has one of the lowest vehicle occupation rates it's 1.2 person / car. In other words: most cars only carry the driver. The time people spend in traffic is a lonely time. What's interesting on your way from home to work? What's interesting... I don't know... I think nothing interesting. I never noticed anything. I think nothing. 'what's interesting on my way?'... Now you got me. On my way? Nothing. I live in this neighbourhood since I was born. Today if you ask me if there's a swimming school or anything new here, I don't know the answer. Because by bike or walking I think you can observe more things around you. The feeling that the place where you live is not your responsibility tends to increase. The city becomes a place to drive through, not a place to live. There's no square, only roads. Who drive a car get's only city glimpses. By bike you link together each block you pass. Now I've ridden through this block, I can tie it in with another block. You become fully integrated with the city. I think that in a public transport-based society... ... you have more fun. If you have good sense of humour and sensibility to see it, you have fun. You can have fun on the bus, on the subway... if you can learn again how to look to the things around you. It changes the way you look at the city around you. Mine has radically changed. The city reappeared to me as a less aggressive place. You'll save money, there'll be less pollution. the streets will be clear for those who really need to use a car. You'll have a more civilized community. But I think the efforts are made to stimulate individualism, to make people buy and use cars, and also sell asphalt, tyres, motor parts... There's a huge world lobby... Petroleum... The war... Everything to make us use cars in our cities. When you segregate people creating places which you can only reach by car and the streets become deserted due to traffic and pollution we're abandoning the city and leaving it to those who're not citizens.

Video Details

Duration: 39 minutes and 3 seconds
Country: Brazil
Producer: branca nunes - thiago benicchio
Director: branca nunes - thiago benicchio
Views: 1,193
Posted by: luddista on May 20, 2009

Cenas de uma cidade degradada pela lógica e pela cultura do transporte privado. Trabalhar para dirigir, dirigir para trabalhar: compre um carro e liberte-se do transporte público ruim. Afinal, o que é público é de ninguém (ou daqueles que não podem pagar). Vidros escuros e fechados que evitam o contato humano. Tédio, raiva, angústia e solidão em avenidas de 8 pistas.

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