The Council of the Lombardia Region has approved the criteria to allocate funds to municipalities for the design and implementation of safety measures for cycle paths.
The rate of accidents involving cyclists in municipalities with a population of less than 20,000 inhabitants, as shown by data provided by the Italian national institute of statistics (ISTAT), is still significant. Regional administrators decided to tackle the issue with targeted interventions to improve the safety of cycle paths, considering also the expected increase of the number of cyclists.
The resources allocated amount to 3.6 million euro, of which 2.8 million comes from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (MIT) and 800,000 euro from the Lombardia Region.
Thanks to the addition of the regional contribution, it was possible to extend the measure to smaller municipalities with a population of between 10,000 and 20,000 inhabitants, which would have been initially excluded from the eligibility criteria of the MIT.
"This project ", concluded the Councillor for Safety, "concerns the many cyclists in Lombardy who use cycle paths. For their safety, the Region intends to make a contribution, starting with large cities such as Brescia and Milan, down to small towns, from the busiest areas to those located in the countryside, in historic centres and in the suburbs. It is an important project to favour safer conditions for those who mostly contribute to improve air quality by using a mode of transport with zero emissions".
Source: Story first published in June on Tuttobiciweb.it
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