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Rethinking cycling design solutions in Turin

Author: Laura Schubert
Posted on: Friday, February 19, 2021 - 10:15
Turin

In October 2020, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport published a measure “Resources for urban cycleways” to promote cycling in Italian cities.

The City of Turin received funding of €4.9 million to implement new cycling infrastructure. Thanks to these investments, Turin is developing cycling solutions to be implemented within twenty-two months (by August 2022). The new infrastructure solutions were designed in accordance with regional planning tools, the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) and the Bicycle Plan of the City of Turin called "Biciplan", approved in 2013.

The Metropolitan City of Turin carried out a participatory planning process in order to define a connected and integrated cycling network between Turin and the neighboring municipalities. It has done this by planning main cycling thoroughfares to promote active mobility for daily commuting to work or school.

In order to build a network between the city and suburban areas, seven main cycling corridors have been identified:

  • Two corridors to the North, one on Lanzo Street and the other on Cuorgnè Street;
  • Two corridors to the South, one to the municipality of Moncalieri to complete the cycle path of Nizza Street and one on Artom Street to the municipality of Nichelino;
  • Three internal corridors following requests from city districts, schools; in accordance with the "Biciplan". These corridors provide access to highly populated residential areas with many services and
  • commercial activities.
     

 

 

Metropolitan corridors are to be developed on the main public transport lines, as they are the only connection with the neighboring municipalities. In order to encourage the harmonious existence of different transport networks (public transport, bike, car), the size or number of vehicular lanes have been reduced. Cycling lanes will soon be implemented next to the sidewalks in order to guarantee a safe environment for cyclists. Bike boxes will also be introduced. Particular design attention has been paid to the needs of those with limited mobility in order to guarantee safe and equal access for all.

 

 

Authors: Maria Teresa Massa, Marina Fochi, Mariapaola Ritrovato

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