The succession of the Milanese administrations has seen the creation of various routes dedicated to cyclists. There are numerous cycle paths in Milan, there are over 70, some still in the process of completion. The cycle paths in Milan almost all of them were built between 2008 and today. Some slopes they are only cycle paths while others provide for the transit of pedestrians.
Every bicycle lane has its usefulness and can lend itself well to the needs of the cyclist therefore we cannot speak of the "most useful" tracks but the one that connects the suburbs to center of Milan: the Naviglio Martesana cycle path goes from Cassina de Pomm to Cascina Gobba, and then continues to Via Melchiorre Gioia where it rejoins with a second cycle path that leads to the Church of San Marco in the heart of Milan.
For most of the route, however, the track is shared by cyclists and pedestrians, forcing, for obvious safety reasons, to slow down.
A stretch of the cycle path on the Naviglio Martesana
Another cycle path used by many Milanese to reach the workplace is the one that develops from the Palestro stop, along Porta Venezia, and then continues on the Bastioni and Piazza della Repubblica up to the Milan Central Station. The side aspect of the track is the impracticality of crossing Piazza della Repubblica, in fact here the cycle path stops and the cyclist will be forced to cross the intersection passing on the tram tracks, in the traffic of cars.
Porta Venezia Cycle Path - Piazza della Repubblica
The third cycle path that we point out is the one that surrounds the Sempione park on the side of Via Gadio and Via Legnano and then connects to the bicycle lane of Via Byron, in the center of Milan.
Compared to a few years ago, the picture of cycle paths in Milan has greatly improved, in terms of km available, but there are still important problems:
1) The sharing of cycle paths with pedestrians which forces to reduce speed
2) Frequent road crossings with rails and cobbles
3) The scarce width of many parts of the cycle paths (e.g. on the Piazza Carbonari flyover)
4) The lack of culture and respect of motorists who often park on cycle paths and they drive without caring about cyclists
5) The poor air quality which remains perhaps the main disincentive to using the bicycle in the center of Milan
However, we hope that all the aforementioned points can be addressed by the public administration because the bicycle would certainly be a perfect means of transport for getting around the city.
To consult an interactive map of the cycle paths in Milan, we recommend that you visit the website http://www.piste-ciclabili.com/comune-milano where you can also share your routes with other users.