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Bike route into Venice
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This bike route, completed in September 2017, allows you to reach Venice or the Lido almost entirely on a secured bike track and therefore in safe conditions. The reserved cycle begins in front of the Antares pavillion of the Vega at the underpass to the Porto Marghera railway station and ends at the end of the Liberty Bridge at the junction for the Tronchetto. How to get there? From Mestre, it is advisable to follow this path; from Marghera follow this path .

Attention : the cyclists who arrive on this route carrying bags and directing to Venice would do well to take accommodation (hotel, hostel, B & B ...) on the mainland (Mestre, Marghera ... ) download the luggage, and then go back and forth the last stretch for Venice using the bicycle as described here. Using a bicycle in the old town is forbidden and impractical for the many bridges with their stairs. In spite of this, in 2017, the city of Venice forbade bicycles in the old town, even if carried by hand. In any case, even just carrying a bicycle loaded with luggage up and down the Venice bridges is very uncomfortable and dangerous.

Getting out of the underpass, or coming from Marghera, you find a well-reported bike route running between the Vega pavilions and the railroad track; shortly afterwards turn right and then left continuing on the sidewalk along a Vega inner road . You get then to a first crossing, that of via Pacinotti.

Cross via Pacinotti, where you see the large white building built for Expo 2015, turn to the left and you will soon find a second crossing, Via dell'Elettrotecnica and an industrial railway track; there is no level crossing, rail traffic is minimal, long convoys of freight wagons visible at a distance and going very slow.

The long stretch of Via dell'Elettrotecnica runs at the beginning between the SR 11 on the left and the railway to the right, then to the left are several parking lots. At the end there is a third crossing leading to a short stretch to the right of the road.

Immediately after this, the fourth crossing this time of Via dei Petroli, run as promised by the name of a discrete traffic of tankers and TIR on weekends, by tourist buses on holidays; so you have to be very careful when crossing. The bicycle runs between other car parks on the left and a concrete barrier on the right.

At the end of the parking area, the track turns to the left through the entrance of a tourist bus parking and shortly after you find the fifth and last crossing, that of Via dell'Idraulica, also this run by TIR and tankers; very short stretch across a side road with minimal traffic.

From this point on, the track runs in a reserved area bounded by a net to the right and a guard-rail to the left; from now on it is no longer possible to change the road. This is the last stretch made so it is in excellent condition and sliding. After about 300 m you arrive at the SR 11 with very heavy traffic, which is no longer a danger to the cyclist; after another 800 m you reach the so-called I Pili, the two pylons that delimit the beginning of the trans-lagoon bridge.

You pass behind a wooden box used occasionally as a tourist information desk; immediately after be very careful to the strait between the right pylon and the guard-rail; a bit more than one meter large so that a cyclist barely gets through; you need to be very careful especially in the opposite direction when you arrive from Venice. After passing the narrow road you will come to the old bridge sidewalk, which has been adapted for many years by cycling.

This bicycle on the sidewalk until one year ago was the only bicycle route to Venice and seemed the best; now paradoxically the situation is overturned and the limits become apparent, the width is barely sufficient for a bidirectional route. The lagoon show with Venice appearing in the background is also from behind and Marghera's chimneys on the right, is priceless. Above the heads frequent flyers landing at Marco Polo.

At the end of the bicycle on the sidewalk there is a difficult stretch for the many narrows at the bottom of which the (*) opens up a passage in the balustrade and passes on the cantilevered walkway in 2015-16 which brings us with a slight uphill climb at the Tronchetto crossroads.

At the junction of the Tronchetto there are two possibilities for the cyclist:

  1. Turn right onto the downhill road, at the bottom of the descent turn right on a bridge and then follow the only road on the island until you reach the ferry boat that also brings bikes to the Lido of Venice; service every 50 minutes.
  2. Pull straight to Venice; there is a badly designed traffic light that requires a lot of attention; in fact the green is synchronized with the green of the traffic light at the end of the bridge and then arrive cars launched from the left; with red instead only arrive vehicles from piazzale Roma, much more rare and well visible; paradoxically it is more dangerous to navigate with green than with red! A flashing light beside the green decreases a little the danger of crossing with the green.
    After the traffic light you will go down to piazzale Roma, no longer on a bicycle but on the roadside; recently cross-cement barriers have been added to prevent terrorist attacks with vehicles; you often create traffic jams for this; a slowdown in traffic that for the cyclist is not a negative fact.

The reverse path from Venice to Vega has minimal differences .

X The city of Venice has fortunately approved and banned the race to extend the 170-foot cantilever walkway to avoid these stretches.

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