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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 reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to move in an eco-friendly way that is respectful towards the environment! That’s why many Italian and European cities are working in order to come up with more and more cycle-friendly activities. Especially in recent times, because of the high level of air pollution, we saw an increase in the use of  bicycles, together with the institutions that are adopting new measures to promote and spread the culture of cycling mobility.

The cycle path are used to move from town to town by bicycle but unfortunately in Italy we don’t have enought yet, and the few we have are not as good as the ones 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 down to Puglia. Also called Green Adriatic Corridor, this cycle route passing through seven regions of Italy – Friuli Venezia Giulia, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Marche, Abruzzo, Molise and Puglia –  is about 1,300 kilometers long, reaching up to Santa Maria di Leuca, the southernmost point in Puglia. The project grew from a research carried out 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, regional and state reserves, that match, sometimes, with ancient pilgrimage routes, tracks, commercial and cultural paths. There is not a real “official” track 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, with a lots of beaches, crossing the Marche, Abruzzo and Molise and finally arriving in Puglia.

However, we’re still talking about a project, because in 2015 only a few sections of the route were completed, but year after year, the bike lane is increasingly complemented by the municipal, provincial and regional administrations crossed by this route, allowing people to ride safely and admire the beauty of the Adriatic coast. The plan, in fact, as well as the cycle path, wants to include a set of mesures for local development to create more coordination between institutions, associations, companies and individual citizens, in order to build a network of relationships, even before construction works. Basically a big dream, that is about to come to life.
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