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NACTO’s Global Designing Cities Initiative Launches Global Street Design Guide in Portuguese

Internationally acclaimed urban design resource endorsed by eight Brazilian cities and 11 organizations, released in Portuguese.

For Immediate Release | September 13, 2018

Press Contact: Ankita Chachra: [email protected]

Today, Thursday, September 13, The Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS), Itaú Unibanco, and Editora Senac São Paulo launched the Portuguese version of the Global Street Design Guide. Originally published by Island Press and released in 2016 by the National Association of City Transportation Official’s Global Designing Cities Initiative (NACTO-GDCI), with funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the guide was translated into Portuguese with support from SP Urbanismo.

The Global Street Design Guide was created with the input of experts from 72 cities in 42 countries and offers international case studies and technical details to inform street design that prioritizes pedestrians, cyclists, and transit riders. “Perception of the street is changing, and this publication offers real-world solutions for improving road safety and urban livability for people,” said Skye Duncan, Director of NACTO-GDCI.

Since its release, the guide has been endorsed by 37 cities, 36 organizations, two regions, and one country, and downloaded more than 12,000 times. Eight Brazilian cities (São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Teresina, Recife, Mogi das Cruzes, and Manaus) as well as 11 institutions, including the Union of Cyclists of Brazil and Cidade a Pé, will endorse the guide at the launch event.

“We must revisit the way the world is designing urban spaces. We need to provide streets that are safer and more comfortable, especially for the most vulnerable users such as pedestrians, cyclists, and people with reduced mobility. This guide will help us to ensure that our streets can become livable spaces that add value to communities and promote social inclusion,” said Fortaleza’s mayor, Roberto Claudio.

“The Portuguese version of the Global Street Design Guide will not only contribute to a better understanding of safe street design in cities participating in the Bloomberg Initiative, but will be a useful resource for all Brazilian cities and Portuguese-speaking countries in other regions of the world,” said Kelly Larson, head of road safety at Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Itaú Unibanco partnered on the translation to promote change that increases people’s quality of life, and to support the company’s ongoing investment in bikeshare in Brazilian cities. Luciana Nicola, Superintendent of Governmental and Institutional Relations of Itaú Unibanco said, “We are an urban bank and we recognize the importance of active transportation for the sustainable development of cities. Urban mobility is a pillar of investment within our company’s sustainability platform.”

Jeane Passos, Editor of Editora Senac São Paulo, said that the Guide will help to “promote the sharing of international experiences that can inspire improvements in Brazilian cities that are fundamental for a more organic, functional, and sustainable future.”

The Portuguese translation is now available for purchase in Brazilian bookstores and will be available as a free online PDF.



NACTO is an association of 60 major North American cities formed to exchange transportation ideas, insights, and practices and cooperatively approach national transportation issues. The organization’s mission is to build cities as places for people, with safe, sustainable, accessible, and equitable transportation choices that support a strong economy and vibrant quality of life. 

About the Global Designing Cities Initiative

Launched in 2014, the Global Designing Cities Initiative focuses on transforming streets to inspire safe, sustainable, and healthy cities. Our work is informed by the strategies and international best practice captured in the Global Street Design Guide.