The city of Rome has voted that new cycling lanes must be provided in each of the capital’s municipalities.
According to the plans some of the most high-profile areas to become bicycle-friendly include Via del Corso, Piazza di Spagna, Piazza Venezia and along the Lungotevere at street level. There will be cycling lanes leading up to the summit of the Janiculum hill and between Manzoni and Termini metro stations.
Funding for the project is to come from ten per cent of traffic fines received by the city each year, and according to figures released by the Corriere della Sera, this could amount to €25 million annually.
The news follows years of lobbying from cycling groups and comes in the lead-up to Rome’s “Salva i ciclisti” sit-in on Via dei Fori Imperiali on 28 April, from 15.00-17.00.
Launched by British newspaper The Times, the “Save our Cyclists” initiative highlights the rights and safety concerns of cyclists. The Rome event is taking place simultaneously in Edinburgh and London, where cyclists’ safety has become an election issue for the city’s mayoral candidates.
The organisers behind Salva i ciclisti say that the event is open to all but that political flags are not welcome. They have asked cyclists to make sure that their bikes are fitted with bells and, due to the predicted hot temperatures, they advise people to bring water.