Nivolet, this summer you will also be able to get in your car on Sundays

Nivolet, this summer you will also be able to get in your car on Sundays
Nivolet, this summer you will also be able to get in your car on Sundays

Twenty years after the start of the experimentation, this summer there will no longer be “Walking in the clouds”, the sustainable mobility project promoted by the Gran Paradiso Park and the metropolitan city of Turin which the closure to vehicular traffic, on Sundays in July and August, of the road that climbs from Ceresole Reale to the Nivolet hill. This summer you can also go up to the mountain by car on Sundays and the road will only close on some days for sporting events organized together with local associations.

A precise choice on the part of the Park Authority as director Bruno Bassano explained this morning. «We expect a hot summer but a break from the past was necessary. We will monitor the flows of cars going up the hill to propose, by the end of this year, a serious project that regulates traffic at high altitude».

The goal is to arrive at a regulation that is valid all year round, not just on weekends. Various solutions are being examined by the Park Authority, including that of the limited access based on parking available from Ceresole upwards. «The sustainable mobility project was experimental but in twenty years we have been satisfied with Sunday closures – says Bassano – it is time to take a step forward and share traffic regulation with the Municipalities, the Regions and the metropolitan city”.

According to the authority’s hopes, shared regulation will lead to a general reduction in traffic towards Nivolet with obvious benefits for the protected area and the park communities. Since 2003 it has not been possible to access the hill on the border between Piedmont and Valle d’Aosta on Sundays, reachable only on foot, by bicycle or with the GTT shuttles. This has obviously generated an enormous flow of tourists on the other days of the week, especially on Saturdays.

 
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