Italy provides funds to improve cycle paths, bike parking and safety - Eltis

In Italy, the national Decree that had been previously proposed by the Ministry of Infrastructures and Transport (MIT) to provide funds for urban cycling has been published. The Decree, which had been announced by MIT at the end of June, was finally published in the Official Gazette on 10 October 2020. It assigns €137.2 million to local authorities for the design and construction of cycle paths, bicycle parking stations and other interventions to improve safety.

The total budget will be distributed over two years, with €51.4 million to be spent in 2020 and the remaining €85.8 million in 2021. The funds will be allocated between different types of administration, with 30% going to Metropolitan Cities, 40% to the main municipality of each Metropolitan City and 27% to other municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants. The remaining 3% will be given to the main regional municipalities that have less than 50,000 inhabitants.

A second criterion for distributing the funds takes into account whether a city has already adopted or approved their Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP). The principle of territorial rebalancing in favour of Italy's Southern Regions will also be taken into account, while there will be additional resources to support inter-modality between universities and railway stations in those municipalities that have a university headquarters.

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