Bike day, the legacy of the pandemic: more cycle-friendly cities in Italy

ROMA – The pandemic will leave us more cycle-friendly cities. This is the balance made by the Fiab (Italian Federation for the Environment and Bicycle), the network of Italian cycling associations, on the World Bicycle Day, on June 3, established by the UN in 2018. And the Government, after the experimental ‘bonus program mobility of 200 million launched in 2020, reaffirms its commitment to the symbol of sustainable mobility, with a new edition of the bonus (180 million) in the municipalities fined for ‘bad air’ and with the use foreseen by the NRP of 600 million for create 570 km of urban cycle paths and 1250 km of tourist cycle paths. Additional incentives of 180 million euros are planned for the period 2021-2024 in the form of mobility bonuses for those who, in some areas, scrape a car or moped in exchange for public transport passes and bicycles. The implementing decree is being examined by the coordinating state administrations, the start of the incentives is expected within the year.

The country that relies on click days more than the bike bonus deserves the immobility

by Riccardo Luna

November 03, 2020

The pandemic in Italy has pushed the bike in three ways. More people have started pedaling to avoid infection-prone public transport, and have found that it is a quick and convenient way to get around the city. The Conte and Draghi governments, driven by the environmentalist wind, have allocated a large slice of refreshments to cycle paths and the bike bonus (over one and a half billion euros). And the parliament rode the wave, approving a series of laws in favor of bicycles, already common in the rest of Europe and expected for years in Italy.

The Highway Code opens up to cyclists, but cities snub the new rules

by Cristina Nadotti

November 18, 2020

“After the first lockdown, in May 2020, we saw the queues of people buying bicycles or having them repaired – he says. Alessandro Tursi, president of Fiab -. The municipalities have begun to make the “popup” cycle paths, with little money and a line of paint on the asphalt. Then in parliament changes were introduced to the Highway Code requested for years: the “advanced house” at traffic lights (a stopping line for bikes ahead of cars, ed), the cycle lanes with the dotted line, the two-way cycle path in one-way streets, urban cycle roads (with speed limit for cars at 30 per hour), school road. Laws that have made us recover 20 years of regulatory delay “.

In the meantime, the government has begun to allocate money for “soft” mobility: 123 million to the municipalities for the tracks, 315 million for the bike bonus. Then this year came the 600 million of the NRR for cycling, which are added to the 250 million already allocated for the national cycle paths and the 150 million of the latest budget for urban cycle paths. “There has been a change of pace – he comments Tursi -. The bike is now constantly on the political agenda of the government and municipalities “.

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by Cristina Nadotti

March 25, 2021

According to the Fiab, in the last year there has been on average a 30% increase in bike trips in the cities, 2 million 2-wheelers have been purchased, and there has been a boom in electrics (which avoid sweat and fatigue ) and leaflets (which can be carried on the bus and train like a suitcase). “The bicycle, in particular the electric one, is starting to become an alternative to the second car – he comments Tursi -. And the new trend is now the cargo-bike: the pedal assisted vehicle that can carry up to 80-100 kilos of goods and avoids filling our cities with motor vans “.

But even this year it hasn’t been all sunshine for city bikes. He knows something about it Enrico Stephan, president of the Mobility Commission of the Municipality of Rome, Cinquestelle politician and inspirer of the new cycle paths created by the Rays junta. For each construction site he had to face committees of angry citizens and traders, who did not want to give up even one meter of car lane and parking lots (often wild). “There is a priori protest against any change – he says – and then for 60 years the city has been completely dedicated to cars. People now take second-row parking for granted. The traders think that the track damages business,” when it is the other way around. The cycle path is a democracy of spaces, it puts cyclists and pedestrians in safety “.

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