Milan begins work on new pedestrian area (Italy)

By News Editor / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
Milan is changing a section of its centre into a haven for cyclists and walkers as part of its ongoing efforts to promote sustainable urban mobility in the city.
The plans to create another car-free zone in the city - taking up a 3 km area between Piazza Castello and Parco Sempione - and a new cycling network were announced last week.

In 2012 Milan introduced Area C, a new congestion charge that was implemented after a referendum in June 2011 in which 80 per cent of citizens voted for more restrictive traffic conditions to ease the smog levels in the city.

Thanks to Area C, said Pierfrancesco Maran, Milan's Councillor for Mobility and the Environment, traffic in Milan has reduced by 30 per cent in the centre and 7 per cent in the rest of the city.

'The pedestrianisation of Piazza Castello is another step in the process of change in Milan - a city increasingly adapting to new forms of sustainable mobility used by citizens,' Mr Maran said.

Meanwhile, a recent study by the Association for Consumer Defence and Guidance (ADOC) in Italy to commemorate Earth Day (22 April) found that 75 per cent of Italians use a private car to get to work.

ADOC President Lamberto Santini said: 'This impacts heavily on pollution and quality of life. Road transport is no longer sustainable - both from an environmental and economic perspective.'

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