Ways of getting around Salvador



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Date: Mon, 03/25/2013 – 12:44pm

Here in Salvador, the forms of transportation are very similar to cities in the United States. The streets are packed with cars,

motorcycles, and busses, all day and night. Even though

there are many options, my favorite way to get around is walking. It’s the fastest and easiest, because there is no traffic! Salvador is a growing city that is changing all of the time.  The ways that people get around are changing too. There are many old and narrow streets, but also new highways and wide avenues.

Cars lining the street

The city is very large and there are many places too far apart to walk to. More and more people are buying cars to drive to work and to school. Motorcycles are also popular for getting around the small streets. While the city has public transportation in the form of busses, there is no train system, and everybody thinks that the city needs one. What do you think is the best way to get around a large, busy city?
How do people get around?: 

Cars are the easiest way to get around Salvador, since it is a huge city. Taxis are very popular too, especially motorcycle taxis. Motorcycles move through traffic more quickly and carry less people.  Motorcycles are a lot more common here than in the United States. Many people also use public transportation by way of busses. The busses are very confusing and there is no schedule, so a lot of the time you have to guess and hope that it will take you to the right place. Walking is also very popular, since many parts of the city are close together. Because the weather is so hot, many people prefer taking cars or busses than to walk outside in the heat.

A schoolbus in Brazil!

How did I feel when I tried this way of getting around?: 
In Salvador, I normally walk or take the bus. Even though it is necessary, taking the bus can be a huge pain. The busses are normally very crowded, and it is hard to find somewhere to hold on to. They drive really quickly and make very sharp turns, and almost every day I feel like the bus is about to tip over. Every time I am on the bus I feel like I’m riding a small rollercoaster. Do you like rollercoasters?  One thing I find very cool is that it is normal for a seated passenger on the bus to offer to hold the belongings of the person that is standing, to make it easier for them. This makes riding the bus a little less difficult.

Is this way of getting around connected to the culture and environment, How?: 

A motorcycle zipping through traffic

Since there are so many people in Salvador who need to move around the city, cars are becoming more and more popular. More families are buying cars than ever before. This has a large impact on the environment, because when there are more cars in the city there is also more pollution. Having more cars also affects the city because there is a lot of traffic. Brazilians tell me that traffic has been getting worse every year, and it can happen at any time during the day. It is usual for people to be thirty minutes to an hour late to something, because they were stuck in so much traffic!

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