Eco Zone Santa Tereza

The city of Belo Horizonte is striving for a people-centered design of the city districts. The COVID 19 pandemic changed the mobility patterns and needs of the population and cycling in particular became an essential means of transport. The relevance of public spaces also became more apparent.


Project Description

Solutions for safe and accessible public life become more important. Speed 30 zones increase the safety of pedestrians and cyclists, and the redesign of public spaces enables social public life while taking hygiene and safety standards into account. The construction of temporary bicycle lanes and the associated filling of gaps in the bicycle lane network ensures the mobility of all parts of the population in times of crisis. 

Our part would be to pilot a pathway from a neighborhood to the main cycling artery into town, which will allow many men and women to travel safely to work by bike. 

Project's Objective

  • Increase appreciation for cycling 
  • Encourage more people to cycle instead of taking crowded public transport 
  • Open space to allow citizen to enjoy social events at a safe distance

Key Outputs

  • Build up 1km of bike lanes, redesigned 1 open space, created 1 speed 30 zone 
  • Large awareness and campaigning event to promote cycling in the area 

The Team

Leonie Guskowski

Project Manager

Graduated in Business Administration with a focus on Financial Management & Financial Markets. Besides managing and monitoring of a variety of pilot projects, she focuses on female empowerment and inclusivity of the mobility sector. She has been working in different departments of the GIZ for several years.

Frederic Tesfay

Project Manager

Mechanical Engineer who immediately went into project management within the field of construction; having worked two years in USA and a further five years for GIZ in Africa focused on project implementation. After developing a strong focus on monitoring and controlling, he successfully began managing projects in the field of technical education and capacity building in Asia.

Focus Areas: TUMI Data, TUMI Labs, TUMI E-Bus Mission

Supported by


World Resources Institute

WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities helps create accessible, equitable, healthy and resilient urban areas for people, businesses and the environment to thrive. Together with partners, it enables more connected, compact and coordinated cities. The Center expands the transport and urban development expertise of the EMBARQ network to catalyze innovative solutions in other sectors, including water, buildings, land use and energy. It combines the research excellence of WRI with 15 years of on-the-ground impact through a network of more than 250 experts working from Brazil, China, Ethiopia, India, Mexico and Turkey to make cities around the world better places to live.

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UN Habitat

Unites Nations program working towards a better urban future

UN-Habitat is the United Nations program working towards a better urban future. Its mission is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all. UN-Habitat envisions well-planned, well-governed, and efficient cities and other human settlements, with adequate housing, infrastructure, and universal access to employment and basic services such as water, energy, and sanitation. To achieve these goals, derived from the Habitat Agenda of 1996, UN-Habitat has set itself a medium-term strategy approach for each successive six-year period.

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Wuppertal Institute

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