|CATEGORY||Environment and territory|
|PROJECT||Bicycle path of Collegno|
|CONTRACTOR||Municipality of Collegno|
|YEAR||2019 - in progress|
The Piedmont region is keen to encourage bicycle cycling: “It brings healthy, environmental but also economic benefits”. Building new infrastructures and connecting bicycle paths to make Piedmont a “bike friendly” region: this is the goal of the regional bike mobility program.
The Region, in fact, assigned to a group of experts consisting of Decisio, Rohal HanskoningDHV, Citec Italia, Sertec and Bellissimo, the task of drafting a cost-benefit analysis, preparatory to a plan capable of enhancing the entire cycling network of the territory.
The aim is to make cycling the best choice for travel, so as to increase the figure that today involves 3 % of Piedmontese people choosing to cycle to get around.
The route covers the territories of the three municipalities differently in terms of the extent of the SCM route for each of them. Indicatively, the following mileage extents can be highlighted for each municipality involved:
- Alpignano – 800 meters;
- Rivoli – 4,400 meters;
- Collegno – 3,500 meters (considering the section of Viale Certosa already operating on a service road).
The three municipalities are also linked not only by their membership in the Metropolitan City of Turin but also by their interest in the area planning. This interest has been embodied in the experience of the West Turin Area Territorial Pact that in recent years has been carrying out the VIVO project in support of a sustainable mobility.
In addition, at the level of widespread cycling, the three municipalities are affected both by the pro-cycle tourists or the Corona Verde / Corona di Delizie, and by the bicycle connection projects towards the Susa Valley through the Via Francigena program.
The acronym SCM (Servizio Ciclabile Metropolitano) is used to refer to Metropolitan Cycle Service. It is an evocative acronym intended to represent an inter-municipal bicycle route, such as Line 1, among the municipalities of the hinterland in the West area of Turin, in particular the Municipalities of Alpignano, Rivoli and Collegno (in sequence from west to east).
A “bicycle service” is defined as a complete infrastructure, that is a main bicycle route serving the residents of the area concerned that connects the western hinterland, the Lower Susa Valley and the city of Turin. This new bicycle infrastructure is mainly aimed at a “systematic user”, so it is useful to serve a bicycle demand that moves mainly for study and work purposes by connecting attractive poles and traffic generators of high strategic value for the metropolitan territory (schools, universities and railway nodes in primis).
The aim of the project is to provide a new bicycle infrastructure as a better travel alternative within the metropolitan city. The decrease of the automotive modal share in favour of the systematic bicycle modal share is a phenomenon that brings benefits not only for cyclists but, in particular, it reduces motorized vehicular traffic to the benefit of motorists themselves.
Sertec followed the project of the bicycle path in the final design, executive design and Construction Supervision phases. This project develops for a length of about 12 Km presenting different design soltutions according to the context in which it is inserted (one-way bicycle path in its own seat, two-way bicycle path, bicycle path in reserved lane, bicycle lane and bicycle path in promiscuity with motorized vehicles).
The work was carried out in a highly urbanized context so Sertec’s designers were led to use design solutions (even experimental solutions) that would not disrupt automobile mobility achieving at the same time a bicycle route of high technical and functional quality.