Ready in 2020, say planners.
An 82-km bike trail costing some €25m will soon join Milan to Turin, open for cyclists by 2020.
The trail will be three to four metres wide in places, joining up already existing sections of bike trails to complete the connection between the two regional capitals.
The trail will also be joined up to the VenTO cycle route, a 679-km project linking Venice to Turin.
The new trail will start in Chivasso or Crescentino. Following the banks of the Cavour canal, it will wind through the plain to Galliate, along the banks of the Ticino, and then to Turbigo, connecting with the existing track at Sesto Calende, and then via Abbiategrasso and along the banks of the Navigli to Milan.
Financed by the Piedmont region, the project has been put in the hands of engineer Luigi Spina, who has already proved his experience by completing al the bike trails in the province of Turin, and several more in other cities.