Bike Art from Brazil – Cabelo’s Posters

by Tom on October 28, 2009 · 9 comments

in advocacy and activism,bike art,bikes abroad,Brazil

Bikejuju is profiling the work of Brazilian artist Cabelo over three posts. The first post presented his illustrations. Today, we look at his series of bicycle advocacy poster designs. (And then, in the next and final post, street art!).

It’s these posters that first brought Cabelo to my attention – they were re-posted on a few English-language blogs, after bloggers found them on Cabelo’s own site. Still, they deserve to be much more widely seen. Interspersed are a few of Cabelo’s thoughts, translated by Ana.



The future will be analog!

To ride a bike in the middle of São Paulo’s traffic is to run a risk, I say this without any reluctance even though this might discourage some people.  Our city has some of the most violent traffic in the world, there is no respect and drivers almost never follow the laws, because the agency responsible for traffic fines and education, the CET (Department of Transportation) prioritizes making the traffic flow, due to the constant bumper-to-bumper traffic that we live with.  That is to say that drivers who commit serious infractions, like for example drunk driving, running red lights, and speeding in residential neighborhoods, are almost never penalized.


Here I will stay, from here nobody will move me!


Another very important thing is that the majority of the drivers don’t know the Brazilian traffic code, which considers a bicycle as a vehicle. Article 58 says that when there is no bicycle lane, bicycles should travel in the same lane as other vehicles and should have the right of way over them.



Disobey men, trust in nature and ride a bicycle.

Nevertheless, I believe that it has never been so good for bikes as today. With the internet it’s easier to get to know other realities, to join people together and claim this right.  Our city had to get to this point of chaos (we beat the record of 293 kilometers of traffic jams in one day!) to have the authorities pressured to start to include, even if very timidly, bicycles in their agenda.   I have no doubts that the future will be more harmonious for the cyclists that pedal here.


Bicycles are things from another world!

Thanks again to Ana for the translations. Next up – Cabelo’s amazing street art.

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Manuel Wanskasmith October 28, 2009 at 8:41 pm

These are fantastic. Is there any info about purchasing prints?

Pete October 29, 2009 at 9:36 am

These are awesome! Thanks for posting them!

sara November 1, 2009 at 7:25 pm

Ohhhh, I do love these prints.

keka May 31, 2010 at 11:40 am

teve a manha… muito legal tudo, tudo! muito legal.. teve a manha… ai c falo… adorei sua arte. parabens mesmo! vc é o cara!

Laura Rocio Avila July 15, 2011 at 10:39 am

Que hermoso, por fin personas que piensan como yo, que lindo seria el mundo si hubiera mas bicisendas y menos carriles, si la gente caminara mas, corriera mas, bicicleteara y patinara mas, LAS BICICLETAS DEBEN MANDAR! Por una vida mas sana, y con menos humo, ruidos molestos y accidentes de transito.

becky February 15, 2012 at 9:38 pm

these are awesome. what font is that?

Andrew February 16, 2016 at 1:30 pm


I’m not sure you can help here but I purchased the image Cycling Sunflower “the future is analogue” from the designoteca where the artist sells them. But I cannot download it. The download button is just an image with no link attached. I have contacted designoteca but they did not reply. Is there anything you could do to help me get the high res file?


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