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Monday April 2, 2012

Thousands Take to the Streets to Promote Non-Polluting Pedal Power in Brazil

Thousands Take to the Streets to Promote Non-Polluting Pedal Power in Brazil

Photo: World Bike Tour Brazil

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Some 6,000 people took to the streets of Rio de Janeiro over the weekend for an 11-kilometer (6.8-mile) bike ride as part of the World Bike Tour, which was held in the Brazilian city to promote alternative and non-polluting transportation, the official Agencia Brasil news agency reported.

The riders, who were chosen from among 60,000 people who took part in a lottery, pedaled down the iconic Avenida Atlantica in the Copacabana district to Flamengo park on Sunday.

Organizers of the World Bike Tour, which was created in Lisbon in 2006, provided bicycles designed for disabled riders.

Rio de Janeiro state Environment Secretary Carlos Minc was among the thousands of riders who took part in the event.

The event’s goal was to promote cycling as “a more human, non-polluting and healthy means of transportation,” Minc said.

Participants, who paid a registration fee of 200 reais (about $111), received an assortment of sports gear.

World Bike Tour has been held in Lisbon, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Madrid and Oporto.