The Italian ski resort of Alta Badia is experimenting with closing nearby mountain roads to motor traffic in a bid to attract cyclists.
The Guardian reports that the Dolomites resort has run three “bike only” days this summer in addition to closing roads for events such as the Maratona dles Dolomites.
The bike-only days are not for organised mass participation rides. They instead allow amateur riders to experience closed roads non-competitively.
The first, in June, was branded Dolomites Bike Day and saw well-known Giro d’Italia climbs the Campolongo, Falzarego and Valparola closed to cars.
The Dolomites Bike Day website recommended riding the 52km loop in an anti-clockwise direction, but this didn’t seem to be obligatory.
Roads were closed from 10am to 3pm and around 5,000 cyclists took part free of charge and without registration. Photos on the website show that people rode the route on mountain bikes and road bikes as well as on bikes with child seats and trailers.