Milan plans 8 "Zone 30"

Eight 30 kmh traffic zones are to be created across the city to increase safety around schools and promote a better coexistence between pedestrians, cyclists and traffic. The eight “environmental islands” will be in Via Figino, Via Melzo, via Dergano, Via Muratori, Via Paruta, Via Colonna, Viale Caterina da Forlì and Via Frattini.
 
Presenting the details of the plan, city councillor Carmela Rozza said that the tenders are now being examined by the public works committee.  The winners of the contracts for a total of 450 days of work will be announced at the end of the month, she added.
 
“These restoration projects have been planned to improve the aesthetics of the city and to upgrade it,” said Rozza.  “In particular, we are looking to guarantee more safety around the entrances to schools and other public buildings.”  The city administration is calling them “environmental islands”.
 
The €2 million project will involve widening the pedestrian footpaths, installing new traffic signals, increasing the pedestrian-only areas and raising the roadway to the level of the footpaths.  There will also be environmental improvements like the creation of flowerbeds and bushes, new surfacing in stone, and areas set aside for pedestrians to meet.  Motor traffic will be limited to 30 kph (19 mph) throughout each area, a fundamental part of the city’s plan to make Milan more liveable and safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
 

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