Two new zones with a top traffic speed of 30 kph have been introduced in central Milan.
Called “Melzo” and “Lazaretto” for the streets around which the zones extend, both are close to the main thoroughfare of Corso Buenos Aires. They each have a high level of pedestrian and bicycle traffic, and a considerable number of shops and other points of interest for visitors. In each of the zones, vehicles of all-up weight over 3.5 tons are banned.
Preparation of the zones has included resurfacing, and will proceed with new bike lanes, remodelling of crossroads and junctions, and new all-pedestrian areas. The €3-million initiative will be extended later to selected areas of Figino, Muratori, Paruta, Solari, Colonna, Dergano and Frattini.
“These ’30-zones’ form part of the city administration’s plan to transform Milan into a sustainable city open to all forms of ‘light mobility’,” said councillor Pierfrancesco Maran. “With initiatives like this, we want to create local mobility which is safer and closer to the residents, and responds to the demands of the people who live and move on these streets.”