The snapshot of Italy riding a bike is authored by Osservatorio Focus2R – a research that was promoted by Confindustria ANCMA (Bicycle and Motorcycles Accessories National Association) with Legambiente and issued by the consulting company Ambiente Italia. Today, it was presented in Milan.
For six years the survey has provided the most complete and up-to-date overview of policies introduced by Italian provincial capitals for urban cyclists (and motorcyclists). In this edition it focuses on mobility in the Covid era. The monitoring outcomes are the result of a questionnaire addressed to 106 municipalities in 2020, to which 94 local governments responded. The report makes available a significant pool of information on cycle paths, sharing mobility, dedicated parking spaces and many other aspects related to two-wheel mobility in urban centres provided directly by local governments.
There is good news from the bicycle world in terms of cycle paths. 31 municipalities have created a total of 224.5 km of new cycle paths: most of the local authorities surveyed have introduced more than 2 km of cycle paths, while 7 introduced more than 10 km. Record in Milan: +65.5 km. The average availabilitỳ of cycle lanes, cycle paths and 20 and 30 kph speed zones also increased in 2020 and reached 9.5 equivalent metres per inhabitant (+25% compared to 2015, the first year of Focus2R survey). The Top 5 cities for cycling infrastructure is as follows: Reggio Emilia, Cuneo, Cesena, Ravenna and Cosenza.