Monza/Italy CIVITAS ARCHIMEDES | 2008-2012
Improvements for cycling can raise the visibility of this mode of transport, its infrastructure, the convenience to get around the city and how it helps to reduce the impact of private traffic. Better cycling conditions can also create a new mobility culture where alternative modes of transport become increasingly significant. The city of Monza will implement improvements to cycling facilities to encourage the use of the bicycle.
Implementing sustainable mobility
Monza has invested in the last five years in creating a network for cyclists. This network is not yet fully interconnected, but the number of cyclists has been increasing, leading to greater transport efficiency and increasing public health.
This measure objectives are to:
Encourage the use of the bicycle as a form of transport;
Raise the visibility of cycling, its infrastructure, convenience and use within the city;
Implement improvements to cycle facilities: such as new cycle routes with bicycle parking facilities and related services (eg. rental, repairs & maintenance), especially at key interchange nodes such as the railway stations and in the centre of the city; and
Promote and support the new facilities by a devoted section on the Municipality website.
How is the measure progressing
A study to identify suitable measures regarding implementing cycling mobility has been undertaken and completed. More specifically, as a result of the study, Monza has been considered suitable to implement a bike sharing scheme. For this reason, a grant to Regione Lombardia has been obtained, and bike sharing will be implemented, although this will not be done during the lifetime of the ARCHIMEDES project. Nevertheless, this achievement can be seen as an outcome of the ARCHIMEDES project.
The bike plan derived from the study is pending approval by the city, the cycling route via Buonarroti has been extended by 800 metres and a project presented to railway management to install ramps for bicycles in the railway station has just been approved. Ramps will be installed by the end of February 2012. They will serve as a very important shortcut for cyclists who need to cross the station. The current route takes very long and is heavily affected by traffic.This improvement is also important because two of the eight stations of the future bike sharing system will be located on both sides of Monza station.
In the past few years during UNESCO Week 2010, European Mobility Week 2010 and 2011, the municipality has organised various events together with local stakeholders and cyclist associations to encourage the use of the bicycle. These included one-day workshops on bike repair and maintenance for regular bike riders. For the entire day, mechanics of the +bc association gave tips and explained basic techniques bike lovers may need to know to fix their bikes, save money and have fun.
What are the expected results of the measure
This measure will allow a sound boost to soft Mobility and lead to improvements to the urban environment and a reduction in energy consumption (and concurrent pollution). The expected outcomes are:
Reduction of traffic;
Improvement in bike users perception.