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In recent years, the automobile industry has been pushing the electric car technology, presenting it as an urban mobility solution for climate change, decreasing noxious emission levels and the greenhouse effect. In fact, in theoretical conditions, an electric car would help boost a better and healthier world but, is it enough? Can humanity and the current market adapt to this change?

In the past few years, sustainable mobility has been revealed as an effective political tool to attract the vote of the more environmental conscious citizens in western world and more recently in Latin America. These are generally well known good news for the planet and urban life. The problem lies on the fact that this political eagerness sometimes turns into bad public policies which go against the same purpose they aim for.

Current methods of boosting bikes in urban transport systems have the right goals, but at the end they generally do not justify the means. The use of wrong methods such as implementing a bike lane in a vehicular avenue with a high vehicular flow may not be convenient for both means of transport regardless the quality of its implementation. On the other hand, an urban mobility planning technique – “the integrated urban road hierarchy concept” could create positive synergies between car and bike networks.

Since 2007, after the launch of a large-scale public bike-sharing system in Paris and its success, bike sharing programs have been spread around the globe as a new trend of public transportation. These programs appeared in the continental Europe as a public way to promote the use of more sustainable means of transport, but the question is: are they as useful as they appear to be? Moreover, are there better alternatives to boost and improve the quality of bike network or biker experience?

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Nowadays, sustainability and resilience of cities can be considered as the trending topic of urban planning, the discussion mainly focused on technological alternatives or products so as to find out the most suitable solution. On the other hand, some decision makers consider urban land use and mobility planning as the core solution, leaving these technological innovations as a very useful sort of complementary options which may be used at the right time for a specific action.