How cyclists will be able to get around Milan city center even more safely

Like most large European cities, the municipality of Milan plans to overhaul the organization of its city center in order to promote softer and more active forms of mobility. The idea is to build by 2035 a network of cycle paths and ultramodern infrastructure that will allow cyclists to move safely throughout the city center and its suburbs.

The city of Milan recently approved the implementation of a comprehensive cycling plan, which includes the construction of an additional 750 kilometers of cycle paths over the next 15 years, connecting the entire city center with its outskirts.

The objective is to provide sufficient infrastructure for the 2.6 million inhabitants of the Italian agglomeration to move easily and safely in their city by bicycle. The city expects 20% of all urban trips to be made by bicycle by the time it is completed.

Like a spider’s web, these 750 km of new cycle paths will be spread over four circular lines in the city center, 16 radial lines to reach the whole of the suburbs, and four large long-distance greenways which will allow circulation in all the city. without having to go through its center.

According to calculations, these routes should cover 86% of the dwellings in the city, within a radius of one kilometer. To carry out this project, the places of residence of the inhabitants of the city and their most frequent trips in the city were taken into account. Access to some key points, such as train stations, hospitals, schools, shopping malls and some metro stations, has also been considered.

The new infrastructure will include a whole range of so-called “intelligent” systems, such as lights which come on automatically at night when cyclists pass by, and which are recharged during the day, or traffic information displays arranged along the entire length of the vehicle. these lanes. and in bicycle parking lots. Their deployment will be conditional on the development of a vast fiber optic network throughout the city.

Like Paris, Barcelona and Berlin, Milan aspires to a healthier urban mobility, favoring the bicycle to the car. Note that in addition to making it easier for its inhabitants to travel, this plan also aims to significantly reduce pollution, which is particularly problematic in Milan. – AFP Relaxnews

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