Rio de Janeiro has a state of the art operations control system. In a huge building, public officials try to make sure the city keeps going, monitoring it 24/7 with more than 560 street cameras. You should think Rio is a city without problems when it comes to traffic.
Unfortunately, the city still regularly comes to a standstill with thousands of cars jamming the streets. Public transportation is not a real alternative to driving a car yourself either. Metros and buses are too full, especially at rush hour when everyone is trying to get to work. One possibility to make your way through the packed streets is going by bike.
Alexandre Fernandes commutes to work and back by bike every day, almost ten kilometers each way. He likes the exercise and believes that going by bike can improve the general situation on Rio’s streets. The car-driving public, however, does not think of bikers as equal traffic participants, which makes each trip a hell of a ride.