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Milan set to become slower, greener and cleaner with the new Air and Climate Plan

Milan set to become slower, greener and cleaner with the new Air and Climate Plan

30 km/h will be the common speed in the city in the nearest future

On 21 February, the City Council of Milan approved its ambitious Air and Climate Plan (PAC) which will serve as the roadmap to transforming the city into a much more sustainable version of itself until 2050.

The Plan is divided into five areas: Health, Connection and accessibility, Energy, Adaptation to climate change, Awareness. Each area combines with the others to concretely implement actions aimed at improving the quality of life in the city and achieving carbon neutrality.

Radical transformation in terms of mobility flow

Mobility is at the forefront of concerns and that’s where the local politicians have promised that residents will be seeing changes almost straight away.

There will be several interventions starting from the conception of Milan as an increasingly cycle-pedestrian city and a city that moves at 30 km per hour, which substantially limits vehicular traffic in favour of soft and zero-emission mobility.  The most polluting cars will no longer be able to circulate and starting from October 2022 Euro 5 diesel will be gradually excluded from entering the city. 

The project envisages the regeneration of the external spaces of the schools and the creation of equipped green areas capable of welcoming students and residents after class times, involving at least one school for each municipality by 2030.

For sensitive areas, adjacent to schools and hospitals, privileged access to pedestrians, bicycles and scooters will have to be favoured until they become real Zones 30. At the same time, large limited-traffic areas will be created in each neighbourhood, with the idea to turn Milan into a large network of low-speed areas.

Only main road axes will preserve higher speeds. In the words of Elena Grandi, the city’s environmental councillor, quoted by Mitomorrow, “the creation of pedestrian restricted areas in all sensitive areas, is an operation that must start tomorrow morning”. This shows that the plan will not be just an abstract document but is meant to underscore the urgency of action that had been sorely lacking in the city.



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