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Biciplan 2024 – The new plan for cycle mobility in Reggio Emilia presented — Environment

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Biciplan 2024 – The new plan for cycle mobility in Reggio Emilia presented — Environment

The first Biciplan dates back to 2008 and has accompanied Reggio Emilia – the first Italian city to equip itself with this tool – until today, in the weaving of its cycle network now made up of 267 kilometers of slopes – 30 kilometers completed in the current administrative mandate and in the previous one – of which 36 kilometers surrounded by greenery (Greenway) and 99 kilometers of cycle paths of the supporting network, corresponding to 75% of the planned network.

This morning – the time has come to innovate and develop the city’s cycle network – the municipal council approved the new Biciplan 2024.

It is the second mobility planning tool approved in a few months, in fact it follows the green light for the new one Urban sustainable mobility plan (Pums)of which the Biciplan is an integral part and which has already found its first important implementations in the reorganization of the accessibility of the historic center and in the expansion of the limited traffic zone in via Emilia Santo Stefano and corso Garibaldi.

Biciplan – Cycling plan of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia (GC_2024_38)

They said The three moves of the Biciplan

The new Biciplan, consistently with the PUMS, has taken on the concept of ‘integral cycling’ as the general strategy of the Plan, envisaging three fundamental moves on the Mobility scene:

adaptation, maintenance and theintegration of existing cycling infrastructure
the realization of new cycling infrastructure
regulation of the road network basic in order to make it safe and fully cycleable.

All without reducing space, efficiency and potential of the pedestrian network. And with criteria that define and order the different levels of cycling: from the new main ‘arteries’ of cycling mobility, the Supercycles, with long and protected distances, connecting important attractive polarities of the urban fabric, to the Greenways for free time in the greenery and the discovery of naturalistic emergencies and cultural heritage, from connections in the existing network to the additions and completions of slopes in neighborhoods.

Cycle paths for sustainable mobility, for the benefit of health and air, but also for agile, rapid and functional mobility of those who work, study, go hiking or play sports.

Supercyclables

The Plan identifies as the supporting system the Strategic cycle networkwhich is made up of three cycle infrastructure systems, to which are added the supra-municipal itineraries, the connections with neighboring municipalities and the local secondary network:

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the system of Supercyclables – with an overall extension of 83 kilometers – whose function is to create connections that are exclusively or mainly cycle-friendly, fast and as far away as possible from intersections with the vehicular traffic system; the first section of the north-south supercycle path was built in the southern area of ​​the city as early as 2023; the system of Urban cycle paths (circa 100 kilometers), whose function is to make the most important road routes accessing the city from all routes easily cycleable, while remaining in the most heavily trafficked areas; the system of Greenwaya system of extra-urban routes of approximately 190 kilometers, long-distance, intended for pedestrians and cyclists, capable of reaching places of artistic, natural, agricultural or landscape interest. How many, which ones and where they are

Supercycleways are able to partially redesign the fabric and identity of urban mobility and, given their functionality, can impact the choice of the bicycle as a healthy and fast, as well as non-polluting, means of travel; they make the bicycle highly competitive compared to other means of transport; they connect the main attraction poles of the city; they are designed in particular for those who travel by bike for work, study or who need to reach functional hubs and key points of the city more quickly.

The Biciplan foresees nine supercycle paths for a total extension of 83 kilometers:

Mancasale-Puianello (North-South route) Codemondo-porta Santa Croce (direction Cavriago) Gaida-porta Santa Croce (direction Sant’Ilario) Villa Sesso-porta Santa Croce (direction Cadelbosco) Le Rotte-porta Santa Croce (direction Bagnolo) Bagno – Piazza del Tricolore (direction Rubiera) Fogliano – Porta Santa Croce (direction Scandiano) Canali – Stazione Fs Centrale (direction Albinea) Due Maestà – Ponte di San Claudio (direction Diagonal)

There are also the Urban cycle paths, which also existed in the 2008 Biciplan and which the new Biciplan includes and updates in the new planning, for a total of 100 kilometers of routes. They are rational connections, which usually follow the main road routes, connecting neighborhoods, villas and quadrants of the city, even those with significant public functions; they are connected to the cycle paths of the neighborhoods and to the ordinary road network.

The urban cycle paths are:

East: Bagno – Historic Center West: Gaida – Historic Center Villaggio Stranieri – Historic Center Fogliano – Buco del Signore – Historic Center Canali – Hospital – Historic Center Rivalta – Baragalla – Belvedere – Historic Center Ghiarda – San Rigo – Coviolo – Historic Center Codemondo – Historic Center Roncocesi – Cavazzoli – Historic Center Sesso – Villaggio Crostolo – Tondo – Historic Center Mancasale ZI- San Prospero Strinati – Historic Center Bagnolo – Mancasale – Court – Historic Center Messeretico – Gavassa – Station – Historic Center Il Ring – Ring track on site own, which follows the ring road of the walls

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The Greenway I am 10including those existing in the Green Belt (Crostolo, Rodano and Modolena), their total extension reaches 190 kilometersbetween existing and planned, and are designed for free time, entertainment, sport, the discovery of nature and cultural heritage to which they lead (like urban cycle paths or neighborhood paths) and which are explicitly indicated in the Biciplan :

1 Crostolo 2 Modolena 3 Rhone – Acque Chiare – Lodola 3bis Canale di Secchia 4 GiraRE (ring path passing through Casa Manfredi) 5 Oasi Ca’ Pegolotta – Casa F.lli Cervi 6 Pratofontana 6bis Canale Tassone 7 Castellazzo 8 Corticella 8bis Marmirolo 9 Canale d ‘Enza 9bis Rio Coviola 10 Canale Navile Completions, additions and safety

The new Biciplan also provides for a series of interventions aimed at controlling and/or reducing the speed of vehicles, giving continuity to the routesa protect transverse crossings and to highlight the entrance to residential areas. In this sense the Biciplan fits into the context of the PUMS which is strongly oriented towards traffic calming.

By selecting and indicating the interventions, the Plan therefore indicates the foreseeable actions to improve, complete and connect the existing cycle network, as well as relating it to the new interventions.

At the same time, the Biciplan develops specific policies and identifies the services that can make the use of the bicycle when traveling in Reggio Emilia easier, more motivating and more attractive.

Finally, the new Biciplan systematizes the existing cycle network in the municipality of Reggio Emilia, one of the most extensive networks among Italian cities.

Supercycles already “On the move”

If a significant section of the North-South Supercycle Path, the Southern section, is now completed and will be inaugurated in the next few weeks, construction work begins in these days for the section of the same Supercycle Path from the Mediopadana High Speed ​​Station to the border of the municipal territory of Reggio Emilia towards the north ( Northern supercycle path).

Both interventions are financed by National recovery and resilience plan (Pnrr) Mission 2 ‘Strengthening cycling mobility’, for a total amount of 2,460,000 euros.

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The purpose of the Northern Supercycle Path is to create a direct and efficient connection between the Mediopadana High Speed ​​Station of the high-speed railway network and the Municipality of Bagnolo in Piano, thus serving the Mancasale Industrial Park and achieving what is foreseen by the Biciplan.

To have as little impact as possible on traffic, it was decided to start the works from the stretch between via Raffaello and via Don Leuratti, which will be developed entirely within a green area owned by the municipality, without therefore interfering with vehicular flows. A three-metre wide cycle path will be created on its own site, with two-way traffic, exclusively for cycling, with its own lighting and colored asphalt to reduce the albedo.

Subsequently, after the closure of the schools, the construction of the other two sections will begin, which will involve via Gramsci from via Filangieri to via Bovio and from via Raffaello to the border with Bagnolo.

The overall duration of the works will be one year, while the first section will last approximately 3 and a half months.

This intervention will contribute to achieving the European Pnrr target which envisages, for the Municipality of Reggio Emilia, the creation of eight kilometers of new cycle paths by June 2026. Of these, 3.7 kilometers have already been completed through the construction of the southern supercycle paththus allowing the Municipality of Reggio Emilia to respect the intermediate European target of three kilometers of new slopes by 31 December 2023.

Other construction sites for cycling

In addition to the north-south supercycle path, construction sites are underway or about to start soon to upgrade the cycle path network in:

Via Emilia west via Anna Frank via Papa Giovanni XXIII (from summer) via don Giovanni Verità via degli Azzarri-Gavassa Via Emilia east: Cycle routes 1 and 2 – via Pasteur and via Cialdini; completion along via Emilia Ospizio Overpasso di San Lazzaro.

Among the routes created in recent years there are cycle paths Reggio Emilia-Cavriago (via Teggi), San Bartolomeo-Rubbianino, San Rigo-Rivalta, via Emilia all’Angelo, Gavassa e Central housing gavasseto.

Maintenance

In the last three years, every year the Municipality of Reggio Emilia budgets one million euros for the maintenance of cycle paths and sidewalks, of which 750,000 euros for cycle paths alone. Approximately 11 million euros are budgeted for interventions to support and develop cycling mobility.

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