Make way for bicycles: 750 kilometers of cycle paths arrive in Milan and in the hinterland to network municipalities

Real cycle routes, as we understand today those of buses, which will connect Milan with the other 132 Municipalities of the Metropolitan City and the latter among themselves. With a capillary network of tracks that will extend for 750 new kilometers, all to be pedaled: 24 lines of which 16 radial, from Milan to the outside, four circular ones that unite the different belts of towns and villages around, plus four large rings ” green “and” super-fast “that cross the province.

A few examples: the Milan-Desio (line 1), the one towards Monza (line 2), or towards Bergamo (line 4) which will be part of the already well-traced route that today reaches Trezzo sull’Adda from the Martesana canal. And again: the Milan-Caravaggio (line 6) or a path towards Saronno (line 16). Some of these routes already exist in part (for a total of a thousand kilometers of cycle and pedestrian paths in the area) but are mostly fragmented because they are designed, in some of their sections, by individual municipalities without coordination: preferential ones that often are interrupted or that remain impracticable for hundreds of meters. The strategic plan, a Biciplan named “Cambio” that runs over a time horizon from now to 2035, was approved yesterday by the Metropolitan Council. The goal is to systematize everything that exists, tracing new tracks where there are not yet and patching up the existing ones, to create a network of roads that connects all the services of the municipalities concerned: schools, hospitals, businesses, commercial activities, interchanges with subways, passers-by, railway stations.

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by Federica Venni

November 24, 2021

Once completed, the cycle paths will pass at most one kilometer away from all this. A 250 million euro project which, explains Beatrice Uguccioni, the councilor responsible for mobility, “will bridge the gap we have with respect to the most virtuous European metropolitan areas”: Berlin, Paris, Munich, Toulouse are the models. It starts next February 14, with the opening of the construction site for the first section of Line 6, from Milan to the Idroscalo. By the summer of 2022 the sea of ​​the Milanese will be reachable by pedaling. The works – total cost 2.5 million – will start from Segrate and will gradually reach the Municipality of Milan: once in the city, the responsibility lies with the offices of Palazzo Marino which, explains the councilor for Mobility Arianna Censi, “are working to ensure the construction sites proceed in synergy “, especially for some stretches of via Corelli, where the space for two wheels is nibbled between the narrow lanes. The track, which will connect to the existing one that arrives from viale Argonne in via Corelli, more or less at the height of the Saini sports center, will continue from the Idroscalo and enter the Segrate and Peschiera Borromeo network.

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