Milan to expand cycle network

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The Italian city of Milan is to extend its cycle path network by 750km in a bid to change how its citizens routinely travel.

The €225m (£187m) Cambio cycling mobility plan consists of four circular routes in concentric rings in the centre, with 16 other cycling corridors spreading out from there. Four ‘greenways’ are also part of the plan, which emphasises sustainable development.

Like many cities worldwide, Milan’s authorities are concerned about congestion and air pollution. With Cambio, it aims to create a 20% modal shift toward cycling, making it “fast, safe, fun and attractive”.

Planners examined mobility data to see where people live, where they go – and how they get there. Schools, hospitals, railway stations, subways and businesses were identified as important destinations, and the city hopes that 80% of these will be within 1km of at least one cycleway.

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