One million euros was allocated to strengthening the cycle network, with the aim of improving connections between inhabited centres, railway stations and interchange points in the Piedmont area. This sum comes from the ministerial funds of the “Bike to Rail” program, and is intended for distribution by the Metropolitan City of Turin to the Municipalities and Unions of Municipalities that have submitted a request to obtain it.
The contribution of the Bike to rail program is intended exclusively for technical-economic feasibility planning. The objective is to guarantee the achievement and valorisation of the attractor poles of the territory, such as schools, industrial and commercial areas, health and cultural centers and attractor poles for tourist accommodation. The metropolitan city has established that the maximum contribution for each homogeneous area cannot exceed 150 thousand euros, and has already given, last winter, valuable indications for the drafting of requests, both by developing studies in the context of the Cuore Dinamico thematic territorial plans and Mobilab, both by providing information on which types of cycle route it was possible to propose.
The response from the Municipalities was not long in coming: the homogeneous zones (except Turin which could not participate) presented their proposals and all were approved.
This was announced by the metropolitan deputy mayor Jacopo Suppo as part of the round table which took place in the Council Chamber of Collegno, organized by the Municipality on the occasion of the European Sustainable Mobility Week, and which was an opportunity for discussion both with the Municipalities of the Western Zone of Turin and with other Cities Italian and European metropolitan areas.
As regards the metropolitan area, I suppose presented the experience of the Turin vast area authority: “For several years now, the metropolitan city of Turin has started drafting the urban sustainable mobility plan to develop a strategy that takes into account the needs of a metropolitan area, i.e. which combines the mobility needs of a large city like Turin with those of even very small municipalities spread across hills and mountains, ranging from travel needs related to work and school to tourism needs, logistics needs and, more generally , to those that can generate economic development”.
The metropolitan Pums, he further explained I suppose, is therefore divided into three sub-plans, one of which is the Biciplan, designed to encourage the use of the bicycle as a means of daily, recreational and tourist transport on a supra-municipal scale, and therefore aimed at building a cycle network on proposals shared with the territory and to strengthen intermodality between bicycles and public transport by rail and road. “The proposals for the Bike to rail that we received” explained the Deputy Mayor “were evaluated on the basis of feasibility (clear evaluation of the context and absence of interference with natural or artificial barriers), value (naturalistic, historical, cultural, artistic , connection with poles of interest…), coherence with the objectives of the bike-to-rail strategy (connection with nodes of the metropolitan railway service and/or with interchange centers) and the cost of the intervention. All were accepted, a sign that the territory has now well understood the need to increasingly encourage sustainable mobility”.
The following will receive the contribution:
- Carmagnola as leader of all the Municipalities of the homogeneous Zone 11
- The Union of Municipalities of Ciriacese and Basso Canavese for Ciriè, Grosso, Nole, San Maurizio
- Rivoli for Collegno, Grugliasco, Villarbasse, Rosta, Buttigliera, Alpignano, Pianezza and Rivoli
- The Union of Municipalities of the North-East Area of Turin for Leini, Volpiano, Caselle, San Mauro, Settimo, Borgaro
- The mountain union of the municipalities of the Lanzo, Ceronda and Casternone valleys for Ala di Stura, Balangero, Cafasse, Cantoira, Ceres, Chialamberto, Coassolo, Corio, Fiano, Germagnano, Givoletto, La Cassa, Lanzo, Val della Torre, Vallo;
- Cumiana for Cumiana and swimming pool
- Rivalta for Rivalta and Orbassano
- The Susa Valley Mountain Union
- Venaria Reale for Venaria, Druento, San Gillio, La Cassa and Fiano
- San Benigno Canavese for Bosconero, Chivasso, Foglizzo, Montanaro, San Benigno Canavese, Volpiano
- Cuorgnè for Agliè, Alpette, Bairo, Bosconero, Castellamonte, Cuorgnè, Favria, Feletto, Forno Canavese, Levone, Lusigliè, Oglianico, Pertusio, Pratiglione, Rivara, Rivarolo, Salassa, San Colombano, San Giorgio, San Giusto, San Ponso, Sparone and Valperga
- Cavour for Bibiana, Campiglione Fenile, Cavour and Villafranca Piemonte
- Osasio for Castagnole Piemonte, Lombriasco, Pancalieri and Osasio.