The first section will be operational for summer 2022 and will connect Milan with the Idroscalo and Segrate. It will be a cycle path that will run along the Rivoltana and will archive the paradox of an oasis on the outskirts of Milan for sportsmen and families that can only be reached by car. But the route will be only the first of a long series given that the Metropolitan City has decided to invest (seriously!) In cycling.
By bike you would have already arrived
On the evening of Monday, November 29, the metropolitan council approved the Biciplan “Cambio” project, a 250 million euro maxi plan to create a system of cycle paths about 750 kilometers long between the capital and the hinterland. Practically a “spider web” of cycle paths connected to each other. In some cases the routes will follow existing routes but will be put “online”, in other cases they will be created from scratch.
Photo – The map of the cycle paths that will be created
“The aim is to bridge the gap we have with respect to the most virtuous European metropolitan areas – commented the councilor responsible for mobility Beatrice Uguccioni -. This will lead to less emissions and traffic, but also more road safety, since cyclists and motorists will not have to share the same. road site. This is a unique project in Italy, because it is the first to be accompanied by an organic strategic document. Our intention is to surround the metropolitan city with a capillary network of cycle paths that connect the chief town with the whole area underground, replicating what we have already done with optical fiber – Uguccioni pointed out -. It is therefore a far-reaching project, because it is conceived in an organic way, constituting an ecosystem that will put all 133 municipalities in our territory in closer connection “.
The project of the maxi cycle network
In detail, 24 cycle lines are planned: 4 circular lines and 16 radial lines, with the great novelty of 4 greenways, super-fast lines that cross the territory from north to south and from east to west. The latter, to put it in more understandable words, will be a sort of “highway” for bikes.
The project also provides that 80% of the services of interest (schools, businesses, hospitals, interchanges with railway and metro lines) are located within 1 km of at least one line, in order to offer extensive territorial coverage.
The goal is only one: to convince those who live in Milan to leave the car in the garage when moving around the city or towards the hinterland but also to convince those who live on the outskirts of Milan to use the bike to get to the shadow of the Madonnina. Metropolitan City, in its estimates, expects to increase the number of bicycle trips and reach at least 20% of total trips and 10% of inter-municipal ones.
The super-cycle paths of the “Cambio” network, according to a note issued by the Metropolitan City, “will be equipped with optical fiber for smart solutions also through the use of some of the most innovative applications that this infrastructure allows, from lighting low impact (at night they light up when cyclists pass and during the day they are recharged) to information in real time (thanks to displays placed along the routes) “. There are also parking lots and stations dedicated to bikes along the routes.