Bikes and scooters: Italy is booming, but more safety is needed

Bikes and scooters: Italy is booming, but more safety is needed

The number of bikes and scooters in Italy is growing, but road safety risks falling behind according to ANCMA and Legambiente.

The number of bike e scooter on Italian roads. So much so that by now the issue of road safety assumes a prominent importance for various municipalities of the peninsula. To say it is the report ofFocus2R Observatory, promoted by ANCMA (National Association of Cycle Motorcycle Accessories) together with Legambiente and developed by the consulting company Environment Italy.

Many on two wheels Italian municipalities they are dedicating increasing space on the road safety front. Policies insufficient to intercept the needs related to road safety on Italian roads, argued ANCMA – Confindustria in a statement.

As reported byNational Association of Cycle Motorcycle Accessories 104 municipal administrations were contacted, while only 79 provided the answers to the questionnaire administered. The data relate to Sharing Mobility, cycle paths and car parks; they refer only to 2019 and therefore do not take into account, ANCMA underlines, the evolution imposed by Covid-19 during 2020. Below is the comment on the evolution of two-wheelers in Italy:

As regards pedal mobility, the average availability of cycle paths, cycle and pedestrian paths, zones 20 and 30 km / h (+ 6% compared to 2018 and + 20% from 2015), the possibility of accessing bicycles to the lanes reserved for public transport and the number of municipalities with bike exchange points in railway stations, while the cities where the transport of bicycles on public transport is allowed and those with a bike sharing service are decreasing, which increase from 57% in 2018 53% in 2019.

A slight decrease in the latter, which also affects the number of subscribers (-10%) and the number of vehicles (-14%). However, it is the data on the safety of cyclists that cause concern: 253 of the 3,173 road fatalities in 2019 were in fact cyclists (up 15% compared to 2018). A topic that, according to the Focus2R report, is progressively entering the programs of the municipalities: 48% of the municipalities interviewed consider improving road safety a very high or high priority.

Bike: Focus2R Observatory report, rankings

Within the Focus2R Observatory report there are some specific rankings. Starting with the one relating to the 5 best cities for “Cycling infrastructure“(Equivalent meters per inhabitant):

  1. Reggio Emilia;
  2. Cremona;
  3. Mantua;
  4. Lodi
  5. Ravenna.

The second ranking concerns the “Bicycle parking spaces at the railway stations“:

  1. Bologna;
  2. Venezia;
  3. Florence;
  4. Ferrara;
  5. Treviso.

The third quintet refers to the best cities as regards the “Bike Sharing“(Bikes / 1,000 inhabitants):

  1. Milano;
  2. Mantua;
  3. Bologna;
  4. Bergamo;
  5. Padova.

Taking into consideration the number of subscribers per 1,000 inhabitants it is possible to notice some variation in the first five positions, starting from the top:

  1. Florence;
  2. Mantua;
  3. Milano;
  4. Bergamo;
  5. Pesaro.

On the front motorcycle (vehicles per 100 inhabitants) the mini-ranking sees Imperia at the top, followed in order by Livorno, Savona, Genoa and Pesaro. In relation to the presence of car parks (stalls per 1,000 inhabitants) in first place Florence, then Savona, Bergamo, Bologna and Bolzano.

Bikes and sustainable mobility, the comment of Legambiente

He commented on the data provided Stefano Ciafani, president of Legambiente, who said:

It emerges from the Focus that there is a real change in the habits of the citizens who move around our cities every day. The total area dedicated to cycling infrastructure increases, attention to electricity continues to grow, but the usual emergencies remain evident.

More than 83,000 people died between road collisions and urban pollution in 2019, for a social cost that Istat estimates at 16.9 billion euros, 1% of the national GDP. When it comes to accidents, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists continue to pay a very high price. You can and must change, intervening on speed moderation with more controls, reducing speed limits, increasing modal share. Simply by putting people and not cars, users and not means of transport back into the center of cities and roads.

A first step could be the refinancing of the National Road Safety Plan, envisaged by Law 144/1999, for soft mobility projects co-financed by local authorities and strengthening regional rail transport, local public transport and sharing mobility. Loans that should activate co-financing, already prepared in the plans of municipalities and companies. In short, decisive interventions are needed by exploiting the opportunity of the next funds, due to the Covid emergency, arriving from the government and from Europe to promote a real change of pace in the urban mobility systems of our cities.

Source: ANCMA

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