Bicycle routes
Bike paths on unused railroads – “Rails to Trails”
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After the second world war, especially during the 1950’s and 1960’s, many local railroads, mostly running on a single track, were decommissioned and “abandoned to the winds of time” pushed out by the automobile boom and under pressure from the automotive-gasoline lobby (or to put it another way, the growing dictatorship of the automobile).

Starting during the 1980’s and 1990’s the idea began to spread to use these abandoned rights-of-way to develop bike trails. Bike paths built in this manner have become increasingly prevalent. I have singled out the following bike paths in Italy that I know from personal experience:

References and links

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The adjective Rudolfian refers to the fact that this railroad was realized in 1870 by the Kaiserlich-königliche privilegierte Kronprinz Rudolf-Bahn Gesellschaft the railway firm of Austria Crown Prince Rudolf of Habsburg, the son of Emperor Franz Josef. X
Federazione Italiana Amici della Bicicletta [the Italian Federation of Friends of the Bicycle] X