The bikes are not just for commuting.
They’re also for exercise, which has long been the key motivator for many cyclists.
“Cycling is a form of exercise, not just an exercise machine,” says Rui Vieira, founder of the Bike Cycle Club in Brazil.
“It’s about having a sustainable lifestyle.”
For many Brazilian people, it’s also about the thrill of cycling.
For Vieira and his colleagues, this is an important way to help build sustainable lifestyles and create jobs.
“We’re trying to make sure we get to work, have a normal life, and get back to a normal lifestyle.
But we need to find the time to do that,” he says.
Rio de Janeiro is a major hub for cycling, with the city’s metropolitan area accounting for more than two-thirds of the global population.
Brazil has the world’s largest bicycle fleet, with more than 1.3 million registered and more than 8,000 bikes on the streets.
And in recent years, the city has become known for its urban bike culture, where people cycle in groups of up to 20.
There are bicycle parks, cycle lanes, cycling lanes, bike parks, bike paths, bike lanes and cycle tracks.
Many of the facilities are in Brazilian cities, but a growing number of companies are launching their own bicycle cafes, restaurants and shops.
Bike-sharing service Ola is planning a bike-sharing network to serve cities such as Sao Paulo, Rio de de Janeiro, Salvador, Antofagasta and other big cities.
“In Rio, we have more than 3,000 bicycle parks,” says the bike-share founder, Marco Rios.
“There are about 1,500 bicycles and 700 bikes per day.
We have a system that will give you a bike every hour.
If you can get the bike to work at 3am, you can work until 2pm.”
Bike-share is a way of sharing goods with a limited number of people, says Rios, and the service offers a way for people to get around.
It also has the potential to be a way to reduce pollution, reduce congestion and improve public health.
Bike sharing is a very popular way to transport people and goods, says Costa Rica’s former head of transport, Antonio Márquez.
“With bicycle sharing, you are not trying to reduce emissions, you’re not trying the transport mode, you do not have to buy fuel,” he tells Al Jazeera.
“The bikes are just there for people.
You can take a bicycle, and you don’t need to pay any fees.
This is an alternative to the car, and it’s very sustainable.”
The first bicycle sharing service to open in Brazil was in the capital, Brasilia, in 2014.
Now, the service is operating in 15 cities and is in the process of expanding to another 15.
More than 80 per cent of Brazilians say they would like to be able to ride a bicycle to work or school, according to a poll by the Brazilian think-tank the Fundación de Investigaciones e Contabaras (FIC), conducted in 2015.
In Rio, that number is 75 per cent.
A survey in 2016 found that in the city of São Paulo, which hosts the Olympic Games in 2020, 80 per one cent of people would like the same level of cycling to be available to them.
Rios believes bike sharing has the ability to change the way people get around Rio.
“If we are going to create the future, we must change the city,” he explains.
“Rio needs a bicycle hub.
If we can create a bicycle city, we can change the environment.”
Bike sharing also has a strong connection to the local economy.
“Bike sharing is not a new concept.
It has existed in Brazil for a long time, but this is the first time that a large number of businesses and individuals have agreed to share the benefits of a bike for their employees,” says Francisco Pérez, the head of the Institute of Economic Development, which was involved in the creation of the bike sharing service in São Janeiro.
Péreso says that the main reasons for the rise of bike sharing in Brazil are the low cost of the services and the low price of electricity, which is often provided by the local government.
“I think that with this low cost and low price, this could have a positive impact on the city and the economy,” he adds.
“So if we get rid of the traffic lights, we will see an increase in the number of commuters who will use the network.”
But some people argue that the bike share system is too costly, and that the city should not be doing this at all.
“Many people say that we need this bike system to be efficient,” says Maria Dias, a member of the city council in Sámbir.
“Because if we don’t do this, it will cost