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  • Title: Design Process for Improving Bike-Lane Networks and Enhancing the Heritage of Almese, Italy
  • Author(s): Laura Dominici, Simone Valentino Piscopiello, Elena Comino
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Design Principles & Practices
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design
  • Keywords: Bike Lane, Sustainable Tourism, Local Services, Innovative Materials, Soft Mobility
  • Volume: 13
  • Issue: 2
  • Year: 2019
  • ISSN: 2325-1662 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2325-1670 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2325-1662/CGP/v13i02/51-71
  • Citation: Dominici, Laura , Simone Valentino Piscopiello, and Elena Comino. 2019. "Design Process for Improving Bike-Lane Networks and Enhancing the Heritage of Almese, Italy." The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design 13 (2): 51-71. doi:10.18848/2325-1662/CGP/v13i02/51-71.
  • Extent: 21 pages

Abstract

In recent years, the increasing effect of pollution on public health has moved the attention of local authorities toward innovative strategies to promote low-carbon mobility. The bicycle is both an alternative to private cars and can complement the use of them, especially in medium- and small-sized towns. For this reason, it is important to focus on designing facilities and services linked to soft mobility (pedestrian, bicycle, roller skates, and skateboard transfer). This article presents a context and technical analysis as a case study, in the framework of the regional project [include full name of project here] (P.A.S.Ca.L.), which deals with a bike lane network for urban and suburban mobility. This network would also work as an important tool to enhance the landscape and cultural heritage of the Susa Valley. Working with the Municipality of Almese (Turin, Italy), this study presents the exploratory investigation to promote soft mobility by improving and redesigning the existing cycle tracks, including the technical feasibility and the economic assessment of the project. The main purpose of the project is to facilitate the daily travelling requirements of local inhabitants through secure bike lanes and also to propose a sustainable choice for tourism. Context analysis, user-centered design and research on innovative and sustainable materials for road paving and public lighting are important aspects considered in the design process, in order to present new opportunities in future development of soft mobility in the metropolitan area of Turin.