Milan city hall has voted in favour of the new Sustainable Mobility Plan (PUMS) which will redraw the city’s mobility over the next decade, and redefine the borders of the metropolitan area.
The plan, drafted by a scientific committee, will be enriched with contributions and suggestions from associations, committees, residents and councillors over the next two months, until 27 April. Suggestions will then be incorporated, and the revised version will be available for comment for another 60 days before coming under a final vote and being put into force.
The plan envisions an ever more accessible city with fewer architectural barriers, a reduction of 25 per cent of traffic in the 30 kph speed-limit zones, a speeding up of public transport by 17 per cent, an overall reduction of road traffic of 11 per cent and a reduction of smog of 27 per cent.
In detail, the plan provides for enhancement of public transport with extension of some metro lines. The red M2 line is to reach Brugherio and Rozzano, the M5 to Settimo, and the M4 to Corsico-Buccinasco, and a sixth line is to run from Certosa/Sempione to Tibaldi/Quaranta. New bus lines are also planned, as well as new car parks near railway stations. Limited traffic zone Area C should keep its current borders – the Cerchia dei Bastioni – until the M4 metro line is up and running. A new “Low emission zone” will be created near the city boundaries to check and prevent entry of the most polluting vehicles.
The PUMS includes measures to expand the current systems of shared transport: in addition to the active car and bike sharing schemes, a scooter-sharing system will be set up in the next few months, as well as a scheme for shared motor-assisted electric cycles.
And in moves to encourage “soft mobility”, bike lanes will be extended, pedestrian routes will be created and further 30 kph zones will be set up. There will also be “environmental islands” to support “smarter” goods deliveries.
More detail is available on the city hall website, where readers can also download the full version of the plan (look for the “Scarica il PUMS” link in the right-hand column).