As a response to the social distancing rules the municipality of Milan has just approved a plan to turn the most of its streets into bike lanes.
Walking the pavements along the most trafficked areas of the city could be almost impossible given the new one-meter-apart rule which has been recently proved to be effective. For this reason the mayor of Milan Giuseppe “Beppe” Sala has had approved by the municipal council a plan to add some spaces to be used as extra walking areas and bike lanes along the main arterial roads of the city, such as Corso Buenos Aires.
The first project involves a route of about 7.5 kilometers from the central Piazza San Babila to the northern border of the city, near the Sesto Marelli stop of the red underground line.
The cycle path will then lead cyclists through the fascinating Corso Venezia and Corso Buenos Aires streets to Piazzale Loreto and from there, along the entire Viale Monza to Sesto San Giovanni, a town north of Milan know to be the Pittsburgh of Italy because of its steel industries.
This is just the fisrt of the major changes that we are going to go through because of the coronavirus pandemic. Many habits that we had before March 2020 are going to be radically affected by new measures which are not necessarily temporary.
The choice of a new bike lane that basically crosses half of the city could be the beginning of a new conception of the Milan’s mobility.