CAMBIO: the Biciplan project for Milan and its hinterland
The Biciplan Cambio is the new plan to create a system of cycle paths in the metropolitan area of Milan, that intertwines greenways, lines called “super-cycleways” and municipal ones. The goal is not only a more sustainable mobility, but also an urban development that integrates environmental protection, safety, economic development and general well-being. In detail, “Cambio” plans to increase the amount of bicycle movements to reach at least 20% of total trips and 10% of inter-municipal ones.
There are 24 cycle lines: in particular, 4 circular lines and 16 radial lines, with the great novelty of 4 greenways, super fast lines that cross the territory from north to south and from east to west. For a total of 750 km of infrastructure. The project also provides that 80% of the services of interest (schools, businesses, hospitals, interchanges with the LPT) are located within 1km of at least one line, in order to offer extensive territorial coverage.
As explain Beatrice Uguccioni, the councilor responsible for mobility “In the next few years we will invest around 250 million euros to create a capillary network of cycle paths that will integrate with the other existing modes of travel. The aim is to bridge the gap we have with respect to the most virtuous European metropolitan areas. This will lead to less emissions and traffic, but also more road safety, as cyclists and motorists will not have to share the same road location. This is a unique project in Italy, because it is the first to be accompanied by an organic strategic document. Our will is to surround the metropolitan city with a capillary network of cycle paths that connect the city with the entire metropolitan area, replicating what we have already done with optical fiber. It is therefore a far-reaching project, because it was conceived in an organic way, constituting an ecosystem that will put all 133 municipalities in our territory in closer connection. The metropolitan city with the “Cambio” biciplan took up the challenge of managing complexity by involving as many players as possible ”.
The super-cycle paths of the “Cambio” network will be equipped with optical fiber for smart solutions also through the use of some of the most innovative applications that this infrastructure allows with low-impact lighting (at night lamps light up when cyclists pass by and during the day they recharge) to information in real time (thanks to displays placed along the routes). There are also parking lots and stations dedicated to bikes along the routes.
The realization of the first two “Cambio” sections are expected by the end of summer 2022. The first concerns the initial part of Line 6, which from Milan will reach Segrate and the Idroscalo, along via Rivoltana. The second, on the other hand, concerns the construction of one of the secondary support networks and, specifically, that in the Zona Omogenea Adda Martesana, between Line 4 and Greenways G1 and G2. You can find more details below.
An important project in line with the objectives of the European Union for a zero climate impact by 2050. The system of new cycle paths will also be an engine for a healthier and more sustainable urban development, in line with the concept of the 15-minutes city. The completion date of the entire Cambio project is scheduled for 2035.