ROME, Italy – The first leg of the Rome-Milan-Milano leg of cycling race between Rome and Milan will offer free bicycle parking on Sunday at 6am local time (2100 GMT).
The new plan was approved by the city’s transportation authority, which was formed by the recent election in February and aims to boost cycling and pedestrian mobility.
A new section on the city outskirts will also open up from 5am to 9am on Sunday to accommodate a larger number of cyclists, said city transport director Paolo Calabro.
The city has seen a huge surge in cyclists and pedestrians since the election, with about 30,000 people riding on the roads each day, said Calabros.
“We’re seeing a lot of interest from tourists, especially from the north of Italy, but also from other cities like Milan, Venice and Rome, as well as from the rest of Europe,” he said.
Rome Mayor Paolo Gentiloni said the new plan “provides a great opportunity to connect with a large number of people who are interested in cycling and who will be looking to ride to a great destination like Milan.”
“We are trying to attract the most of the riders and people who live near the city center, who are also interested in bicycle transport, and also from the suburbs,” he added.
The route between Milan and Rome will take in a couple of villages and will be separated from the main circuit by the scenic Piazza San Marco, which connects the city to the southern suburbs of Milan.
The event was previously held in November 2013.