Bolzano has a broad network of cycle paths and can measure up to the most bicycle-friendly towns of Europe.
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Bolzano is bicycle-friendly! Every year the "Bolzano Bicycle Day" takes place offering mobile repair facilities and greeting everyone with a warm "Welcome to the Bicycle Town of Bolzano" at its gates. In the last 20 years the local administration has realised eight main cycle tracks and several side streets have been provided with bike lanes. The most important cycle track (R4) proceeds on the western bank of the Isarco river from the north to the south - it's the inner-city section of the Valle Isarco Cycle Route leading from the Brennero Pass to the point where the Isarco river flows into the Adige river and the cycle track meets the Adige Cycle Track.
Coming from the south, the R4 cycle track takes you to the Ponte Roma bridge following the riverbank. Through a long park and past the Bolzano Lido and the Drusus Stadium it leads over the bridge which crosses the Talvera stream. At the Ponte Loreto bridge you have to cross the street, then via an underpass beneath the railway line it leads out of the town towards the Valle Isarco valley. The cycle track continues towards Bressanone and the Brennero Pass. Here are the most important cycle tracks of the town of Bolzano:
- R1: Old town - Hospital:
The bikelane leads past the Museum of Modern Art (Museion) over the Talvera cycle bridge to the Piazza Vittoria square and along the Corso della Libertà road to the Piazza Gries square. At the next small roundabout the R1 turns into the Via Vittorio Veneto road (only partly provided with a bikelane) leading straight to San Maurizio where the Bolzano Hospital is located.
- R2: Courthouse - Via Castel Firmiano road:
The southern route through the quarter of Gries-San Quirino takes you via the Via Roen, Via Capri and Viale Druso roads to the Palasport event centre. Further cycle tracks continue towards the new quarter of Firmiano and Casanova.
- R3: Lido - Palasport event centre:
From the Bolzano Lido the cycle path leads to the Via Dalmazia road where a bikelane proceeds via the Viale Europa road to the Palasport event centre. Further cycle tracks lead from there to the new quarter of Firmiano and Casanova.
- R4: Cardano - Bivio Casanova:
section of the Valle Isarco Cycle Track (see above)
- R5: Old town - Oltrisarco - San Giacomo:
From the Municipal Theatre the R5 cycle track snakes its way over the Ponte Loreto bridge and follows for a short section the eastern shore of the Isarco river to the Via Trento road. The underpass beneath the railway line finally leads to the quarter of Oltrisarco-Aslago. Further on it proceeds along the Via Maso della Pieve road to San Giacomo.
- R6: Hospital - Maso della Pieve - San Giacomo:
This cycle track proceeds from the hospital towards south along the Via Resia road and turns into the Via Milano road behind the Palasport event centre. Then it follows the Via Parma road and leads over the Ponte Resia bridge on the shore of the Isarco river. It continues towards east via the Via Volta road to the underpass and the Via Maso della Pieve road. At the nearby sports ground it takes in a westerly direction to the commercial area Bolzano South (airport, fair building) and finally to San Giacomo.
- R7: Gries - Fair Building - Bolzano South:
From the Piazza Mazzini square in the quarter of Gries the R7 cycle track follows the Corso Italia road and Via Roma road towards south. After crossing the Ponte Roma bridge and past the petrol station the track turns to the right (Via Galilei, Via Pacinotti roads). At the end of the Via Buozzi road there's the Bolzano Fair Building and the Fair-Bolzano South train station.
- R8: European Academy EURAC - Roncolo Castle:
The cycle track starts in front of the European Academy (EURAC) and follows the course of the Talvera stream across the Talvera Meadows towards north. After crossing the Ponte San Antonio bridge you can either leave the cycle track on the left in order to reach the San Genesio Cable Car, or stay on it and cycle to the famous Roncolo Castle at the entrance of the Val Sarentino valley (a few minutes away).
In summer 2020 the new cycle bridge over the Isarco in Campiglio on the outskirts of Bolzano was also opened: The 70 m long bridge made of steel and concrete now connects the area of Piani di Bolzano with the industrial area "Kampill-Center" and the dairy farm "MILA Bolzano".
Map (PDF): Bolzano cycle track network