Milan city council has announced the creation of 23 km of dedicated bicycle lanes as part of efforts to reduce traffic pollution and promote environmentally friendly transport in the city.

Some of the bicycle lanes are to be created from scratch while others will involve the recovery of existing routes that have fallen into disuse. The city council says the project will take to around 130 km the network of dedicated bicycle lines in Milan.

There will be six new itineraries: from the Central Station to Corso Vercelli; a circular route following the Cerchia dei Navigli; from Piazza Tricolore to Viale Argonne; from Lotto to Cadorna; from Gallaratese to Qt8; and from S. Marco to Parco Sempione. In addition there will be two new joint cycle and pedestrian paths, from Porta Nuova to the Naviglio Martesana and from Rho to the Castle. Work is due to start on 5 July at a total cost of