Equip Milan with a network of cycle paths. A real infrastructure similar to that of Paris or London. Target? Only one: develop (exponentially, we hope) bicycle trips, but also make them easier to plan, in the same way as metro trips. It was the idea of ​​a 17-year-old student from a science high school in the city who developed a real master plan to transform Milan into Amsterdam, but without reopening the Navigli.

In short: create a bicipolitan network. A cycle path supplemented by “interchange” stations. The project is public (you can find it on the Velocipedi Instagram page) and should also land in the coming weeks at the offices of the Palazzo Marino active mobility commission.

The fear of cycling on the streets of Milan

Most of Milan’s cycle paths don’t start or end anywhere. They are not connected to each other. There is no system. No superstructure binds them. “It happens in Milan, but also throughout the country and the result is that according to an Ipsos survey, 62% of Italians believe that cycling in their area is too dangerous – explained the young man to MilanToday -. There are two reasons: lack of infrastructure and excessive vehicle speed. »

Hence the idea of ​​creating a bicipolitana. Better yet, a “Cycle Express Network”. Rec is the official name. The masterplan provides for the creation of ten radial lines (which cross the city transversely), but also three concentric routes capable of connecting them together. All following the main roads, in particular the routes of the metros, tramways and ring roads, integrating the existing cycle paths provided for by the urban plan for sustainable mobility (Pums).

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Not simple cycle paths, but a real system with physical separation from other road users and adequate width to allow overtaking between cyclists. Ad hoc infrastructures, but signage should not be an exception either: “The system must be as intuitive as taking the metro, it must also allow those who do not know the streets to move around as if they were born and had always lived in Milan,” emphasized the 17-year-old. Not just lanes reserved for cyclists. The project includes 18 bicycle stations to guarantee exchange with other public transport in the city, as well as secondary routes “which will act as connectors between the lines”.

There is no need to redo everything from scratch. Part of the network already exists. “There is also a lot of evidence where the infrastructure exists and is a system, like in Corso Buenos Aires, it is currently busy,” explained the 17-year-old. In short, where structures exist, they are used.

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The connection with Cambio

The project, in short, is the continuation within Milan of the Cambio (a system of cycle paths from the hinterland to Milan developed by the Metropolitan City, editor’s note). “Currently the metro lines stop once they enter the city, there is no real continuation and according to what several municipal elected officials told me, no development is planned in this direction” .

“Cambio is an excellent project to encourage the use of bicycles and intermodality in the hinterland but we would like to act as quickly as possible in the municipal territory – explained the 17-year-old -. We would need a project within the municipality of Milan integrated into Cambio, from there the Rec was born.”

In the meantime, work has begun to turn Cambio’s designs into reality. Once the projects are completed (in the first half of 2026), 750 km of cycle paths will be created at a cost of 450 million euros.

Costs

For the moment the bicipolitana is an idea, a project which has not been developed in detail (obviously). “We did the calculations using the cost per kilometer – explained the 17-year-old -. By doing some multiplication we discovered that it could cost around 42 million which can be rounded to 50 by counting the bicycle stations. Probably more if you count the redevelopment. Spanometric costs, but the project is anything but far-fetched.

By wbu4c

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