The city of Milan has committed to building 750 kilometers of cycle paths by 2035 as part of an ambitious project to make cycling the most practical means of transport.
Change (this is the name of the network) will connect the existing cycle paths and connect them to the new "super cycle corridors". A structure that will connect Milan to all 133 municipalities of its metropolitan area.
Once completed, the cycling infrastructure will place the86% of the population of Milan and the80% of services (including hospitals, schools and businesses) less than a kilometer from a cycle path.
A circulatory system for bicycles
In 2035, upon completion of the project, it is estimated that 20% of the community will prefer to travel by bicycle. A decisive step in the broader direction of zero net emissions by 2050, like other cities that have joined the goals set by the Paris Agreement.
“It is a system project that sees the bicycle as a driving force for development. It integrates environmental protection, safety, economic development and general well-being,” it said in a statement of the Metropolitan city of Milan.
“The development of the bicycle leads to the reduction of greenhouse gases. In many ways, too. Creating green corridors to protect biodiversity, making travel safer for all types of cyclists, improving public health and increasing daily opportunities for exercise and movement.”
How will the cycling network of Milan be
The Cambio cycling route will consist of four concentric circles. Each will contain 16 radiant lines, while four long-distance greenways will connect the perimeter of the metropolis.
Dedicated bicycle parking, physical and digital wayfinding displays, and low-impact lighting will all be part of the project. The lighting will be powered during the day and will only turn on in response to nighttime activity to save energy.
Although the project will cost 250 million euros, according to the Milan Metropolitan Council, it will result in savings of more than 1 billion euros. Benefits in terms of congestion and road accidents, as well as in improving the health of people and the environment.