While the Italian city of Milan still remains in lockdown, the local government wants everyone to know that things will be different from now on.
On April 21st Milan announced a renovation plan titled Strade Aperte (“The Open Roads”). It is set up to remake the city streets into more pedestrian and cycling-friendly areas. A total of 22 miles will undergo the changes including broader pavements, low-cost cycle lanes, 20 mph speed limits and traffic limitations, reports The Guardian.
The plan was inspired by a decrease in air pollution caused by almost non-existent traffic during the quarantine. Milan officials hope to start bringing Strade Aperte to life in May and complete the works by the end of summer.
It is expected that the remodeling will start with a 5-mile-long Corso Buenos Aires, Milan’s most prominent shopping avenue.