Soft Mobility, Slow Traffic

General Information

Municipality: Lumino

Country: Switzerland

Inhabitants: 1.430

Description of Measure and Categorization

The local authority wishes to promote slow and sustainable mobility within its community. To this end it has formed an intervention plan.

The Municipality of Lumino is a predominantly a residential community which has strong connections with nature and the mountains in particular.

The local authority’s goal is to:

- reduce the use of cars for the school run and the commute to work;

- create legal preconditions and infrastructures for facilitating safer forms of slow mobility and weaken the dominance of transport by car.

There were two aspects to this work:

On the local urban scale, the local authority wished to complete and extend the concept of a cycle and walking route across the urban area.

The main steps in this project are:

- at the planning level, a modification in the road hierarchy by changing the regulatory plan. The main modifications involve a switch in the road category from "service road" to "pedestrian area and path";

- on the infrastructure level, traffic moderation interventions that involved the modification of signage and road infrastructure, such as pavements, cycle and pedestrian paths and crossroads, have been implemented...

On the supralocal scale, and as part of the merger programme in the Bellinzona Region, the local authority has worked towards the implementation of a cycle/pedestrian track that connects the Municipality of Lumino with the main train stop at Arbedo Castione (length: approx. 2 km), harnessing the land used by the former disused tourist railway. The intervention enables:

- urban development policies of slow mobility to be promoted

- the attractiveness of Arbedo Castione train station to be improved.

In parallel the local authority has launched two further activities:

- a study to improve the connections between the new cycle and pedestrian path and the municipality's urban area

- the installation of charging points for electric bikes along the new supralocal cycle/pedestrian track


The project requires various levels of financing:

  • at the municipal level for the planning studies, for the design activities and for the realisation of the traffic-slowing interventions
  • on the supralocal scale (confederation, canton, expanded city and municipality), each of which contributes a different % to the cycle and pedestrian path intervention


Contact Person:
Franco de Gottardi

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