The Adriatic Bike Path, Tourism by Bike

 

Not only a passion or a way to keep fit, cycling is also a great way to contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to move in an environmentally friendly way that is respectful towards the environment! It is for this reason that many Italian and European cities are working to create more and more cycle-friendly initiatives. Especially recently, thanks to the strong air pollution, we are seeing an increased use of the bicycle, together with the institutions that are adopting new measures to promote and spread the culture of cycling mobility.

The bike paths used to move from town to town by bicycle, however, are still not many, and not as good as the excellent examples in Germany and South Korea. In Italy one of the most interesting projects is definitely the Adriatic Cycle Route, a bike path that runs along the Adriatic coast from Trieste and goes up to Puglia. Also called Green Adriatic Corridor, this cycle route through seven regions of Italy - Friuli Venezia Giulia, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Marche, Abruzzo, Molise and Puglia - and is about 1,300 kilometers long, reaching up to Santa Maria di Leuca, the southern most point in Puglia. The project grew from a research conducted by the International PhD in Sociology of Regional and Local Development in the Department of Political Theory and Social Development of the Faculty of Political Sciences, at theUniversity of Teramo,in collaboration with FIAB, SISTUR , CCiclAT, WWF and ITHACA.

The route meets several natural areas: three protected marine areas, the national park of Gargano, numerous parks and regional and state reserves, coinciding, in some parts, with ancient pilgrimage routes, tracks, commercial and cultural routes. There is no real "official" path because there are several possible deviations within the bike lane, but in general the path is always close to the sea, where it is almost always flat. From Trieste, the bike lane goes through the hills up to Monfalcone, continues into the Venetian Plain and then, after about 120 km, in the Venetian lagoon. Afterwards, once in Emilia Romagna, it follows a long stretch along the sea filled with beaches, crossing  the Marche, Abruzzo and Molise and finally arriving in Puglia.

However, this is still a project, because in 2015 only a few sections of the route were completed, but from year to year, the bike lane is increasingly complemented by the municipal, provincial and regional cross, allowing you to ride safely and admire the beauty of the Adriatic coast. The plan, in addition to covering the cycle infrastructure itself, wants to include a set of actions for local development to creates more coordination between institutions, associations, companies and individuals, to build a network, of work relationships. A big dream, that is about to become reality.