Hoping that something will happen is one thing, thinking that it will happen is another. And Marco Granelli serenely admits that when Covid also blocked Milan he had more than one fear about his sector, the Department of Mobility: “The congestion of private traffic. In short, that the many who could not or no longer wanted to use the public, threw themselves massively on cars, clogging the streets, and worsening the air quality, as if the virus were not enough. it will make it even more similar to the best of Europe. We have been good, and we have been helped. “
“First of all from the good will of the citizens, who have chosen to move in a practical way protecting the environment and improving their physical condition. And from the changes to the Highway Code that have allowed us to protect cyclists at almost zero cost, with interventions mainly of signage “.
Having said the current mobility, let’s try to understand the future.
“First of all we want to overcome a symbolic milestone, the 300 kilometers of cycle paths for the city. Seven are missing, we will make it by the summer. Then we want to consolidate this network. Make it safer for those who use it, and here the data are already comforting compared to when there was an accident every three days. Then connect the tracks where possible to make uninterrupted or little interrupted routes. Finally, create an app that allows cyclists who have to go to a place to create their own path on the cycle paths ” .
Now let’s talk about the roads used by everyone. Do you have new construction sites in mind to make them slower, passable by two and four wheels together?
“Yes, for example on Corso Sempione we are about to start work in the parterre to create pedestrian and bicycle paths. At Qt8 and in via Padova we will create raised pedestrian crossings, which force cars to slow down. Unfortunately via Padova, which has almost the same traffic as Viale Monza, cannot host a cycle path: we will remedy this. And we also intend to transform Corso San Gottardo, Corvetto and the area of Via Mecenate into Zone 30, quieter and more liveable areas “.
“But we will make it. Just as it will not be easy, but I am confident, in Viale Zara, where we want the counter roads to be used mainly by cyclists. Their natural destination, if you think that in France they are called ‘slow traffic’. just find the right sign, we are talking to the ministry. This too is a revolution at no cost. “
Revolution which at the start was much contested.
“But then many have changed their minds. I don’t just mean the many who have discovered or rediscovered the taste, the pleasure and the usefulness of getting around the city on two wheels. ‘at the beginning they feared that, when the cars were lowered, the customers would also fall. Instead they realized that people get to them more easily, being able to park wherever they want. And it is more serene than after having been behind the wheel “.