Research Indicates That 6% Stop Using Cars in SP

For 45% Of Paulistanos, Traffic Is The Main Reason For Stress In The City

Research Indicates That 6% Stop Using Cars in SP

A telephone survey conducted in the city of São Paulo and released this Thursday (09/10) shows that 6% of Paulistas stopped using private cars over other means of transportation in the last two years. According to the survey of the Institute of Social, Political and Economic Research (Ipespe), made between July 3 and 4 with 600 people, most of these former drivers migrated to the bus system.

In this group, there are 67% of the former car users. Then, the subway appears, where 65% of the interviewees went after leaving the car itself.  According to, the double trip between buses and subways was practiced by 18% of people who left the car. In turn, 16% of them started to walk instead of car and 5%, by bicycle. Taxis started to be the option for 4% and hitchhiking, to 3%.

Among the people who have left the automobile in the last two years, 17% have a family income of up to one minimum wage and 8%, more than ten minimum wages. And 8% had also completed elementary education and another 8% had completed their fourth year of primary education.

The research was commissioned for the launch of the third edition of the guide “Como Viver em São Paulo Sem Carro”, from Santa Clara Ideias. The publication, designed by the businessman Alexandre Lafer Frankel and edited by the journalist Leão Serva, aims to “monitor the change of habit of residents of the capital” in relation to transportation and also “encourage people to leave the cars in the garage.”

Among people who stopped using cars in their daily lives, 30% disbanded the car until two years after the change of mode of transportation. According to the organizers of the book, it is already possible to feel changes in the behavior of people in the capital of São Paulo, which “may be associated directly with the increase of cycle routes in the city” and the exclusive lanes for buses.


For 45% of paulistanos, the traffic “is the main reason of stress in the city”. In addition, 64% of people think that public transportation in the state capital “has not improved” even after the protests of June last year, which sparked the price and quality of public means of urban mobility.

Among the different types of means of transportation available in the city, the subway has an average rating of 6.5, according to the survey. Meanwhile the bus service has an average of 5.2 and the taxi, 6.9, the same note obtained by the bicycles.


Ipespe also questioned people about the use of the ride, which many experts have pointed to as a means of helping to reduce the slowness of large cities. According to the survey, 78% of people from São Paulo do not usually take a ride, while 10% reported using this means of transport – another 12% are hitchhiking sometimes or rarely.

According to the institute, the research has a “confidence interval of 95.5%” and a margin of error of 4.1 percentage points.