Investments on car-free zones, pedestrian and cycle routes are a priority for all European cities and the statistics below clearly explain why:

  • Commuting affordability: commuting by car within a 6km route from home costs from 1 to 2 euros, in addition to the parking cost (if you find it) and the risk of being fined (e.g. ZTL zones and C-Area in Milan)
  • Travel time: commuting by bicycle within a 6km route takes less than 20 minutes.
  • The daily average home-to-work distance for a commuter in Lombardia is 3,5 Km. 90% of people uses the car, taking about 15 to 35 minutes (excluding the time spent on searching for a parking space). If cycling, 3,5Km only require 12 minutes (on average speed), in addition to the health benefit of consuming about 100 calories per way. Which means 200 calories per day and 48.000 per year.
  • It helps reducing the urban air pollution.

Improvement of the traffic flow and urban spaces: for each car in use, ten are parked. A car park of 11 sq.m can accommodate up to 8 bicycles, which could potentially free up 79 car parks, equal to 865 sq. m that could be reinvested in other urban projects.


BCPOD supports and encourages the use of eco-friendly means of transport that preserve the environment.

When you go shopping and use the car for short distances, you consume a litre of fuel which produces:

  • Benzene
  • Aromatic hydrocarbon
  • Olefins
  • MBTE and ETBE: 22%
  • Sulfur
  • PM10
  • Ethanol
  • Nitromethane
  • Methanol
  • Benzene

…and much more!