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Not long ago, we staked out a bold new goal for We Love Cycling magazine: to collect as many of the worst cycle lanes across the globe as we could and gather them in the biggest gallery of its kind. And thus, the Worst Cycle Lane in the World Gallery was born! It’s been driven purely by user submissions. Here’s our selection of the ‘best’ entries from Italy!

With less motorized traffic and more bikes in the streets in general throughout 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a field of possibilities opened for many larger cities. For example, in the Italian city of Milan, a series of pop-up, temporary cycle lanes appeared as part of a system called tactical urbanism, designed to instigate long-term change via short-term action. As in other European countries, the so-called ‘soft mobility’ has been booming across Italy in the past two years. The government reacted, for example, by enacting the Mobility Bonus, meant to offer subsidies of up to 500 euro to citizens wanting to buy a bike or an e-scooter. But there are still issues to work out as our gallery below can testify.

1. All clear, thanks

Ascoli cycle lane
Ascoli Piceno

2. That’s all, folks

Genova cycle lane

3. Slalom your way home

Senago cycle lane
Senago

4. Up for an adventure?

Naples cycle lane
Naples

5. Great

Pinerolo cycle lane
Pinerolo

6. Hmmm

Piacenza
Piacenza

7. Wavy

Wavy
Nonantola

8. That could hurt

Treviso cycle lane
Treviso

9. One way only

Rome cycle path
Rome

10. Sharp turn

Rome cycle path
Rome