Bolzano has a broad network of cycle paths and can measure up to the most bicycle-friendly towns of Europe.
Image gallery: Bolzano cycle tracks
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 15 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 Track leading from the Brennero pass to the point where the Isarco river flows into the Adige river and the cycle track meets the Valle dell’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.
The limited traffic zone, however, is ideal to explore the beautiful town centre of Bolzano by bicycle. There are not many bicycle paths but you can cycle through the old town if you take care - usually it is crowded by pedestrians. If you want to reach the outer quarters, there are several tracks:
R1: University > 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 to the Piazza Gries square. At the next small roundabout the R1 turns into the Via Vittorio Veneto (only partly provided with a bikelane) leading straight to the quarter of San Maurizio where the hospital is located.
R2: Courthouse Square > Palasport: the southern route through the quarter of Gries-San Quirino takes you via the Via Roen, Via Capri and Viale Druso to the Palasport event centre. Further cycle tracks continue towards the new quarter of Firmiano.
R3: Cristallo Theatre > Palasport: from the Via Dalmazia a bikelane proceeds via the Viale Europa to the Palasport event centre where further cycle tracks lead to the new quarter of Firmiano.
R4: section of the Valle Isarco Cycle Track: see above
R5: Piazza Verdi > Oltrisarco-Aslago: 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. The underpass beneath the railway line finally leads to the quarter of Oltrisarco-Aslago.
R6: Hospital > Bolzano South: this cycle track proceeds from the hospital towards south along the Via Resia and turns into the Via Milano behind the Palasport event centre. Then it follows the Via Parma and leads over the Ponte Resia bridge on the shore of the Isarco river. It continues towards east via the Via Volta to the underpass and the Via Maso della Pieve. At the nearby sports ground it takes in a westerly direction to the commercial area Bolzano South (airport, fair building…).
R7: Gries > Bolzano Fair: from the Piazza Mazzini square in the quarter of Gries the R7 cycle track follows the Corso Italia and Via Roma towards south. After crossing the Ponte Roma bridge and past the petrol station the track turns to the right (Via Galilei, Via Pacinotti). At the end of the Via Buozzi there’s the Bolzano Fair Building and the Fair - Bolzano South train station.
R8: European Academy > San Genesio Cable Car: the cycle track starts in front of the European Academy (EURAC) and follows the course of the Talvera stream across the city park called “Prati del Talvera” (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).