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06 July 2021

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Tourism by bike in Calabria.

An interview with the FIAB managing team in Cosenza about the value and the spread of the bike tourism.

The tourism by bike gives you the pleasure of the slow travel, enjoying directly the place you’re visiting. This kind of holiday or tourist experience is spreading more and more, because the sensitivity to environment and ecology is increasing and because of the bike is in the heart of everyone. How many of us remember the first bike ride and when during the summer period we spent our free time by pedalling with our friends. 

 

Tourism by bike in Calabria

 

In Italy there is a wide bike line network, about 58,000 km, carrying this sector of tourism toward a great development. Great success has had in Calabria the Cycle route of the Parks, inaugurated this year, 2021, and awarwed by the Italian Oscar for the biking shared with the Green Road of Water, a path among the valleys in the Provincia Autonoma di Trento. In our region there are several paths both in towns and nature, but this kind of tourism need more infrastructures for its developing.

To examine in depth the topic, we chatted with the team of FIAB section in Cosenza:  the President Marcello Carbone, the Vice-President Ettore Lupo and Noemi Carbone, National delegate and secretary. For those who don’t know, FIAB Federazione Italiana Ambiente e Bicicletta (Italian Federation of the Environment and Bicycle), is an environmental organization which spreads the bike culture as eco-transportation for an urban and suburban redevelopment. Mostly Ettore Lupo answered to our questions for satisfying our curiosity about this world. 

 

Tourism by bike in Calabria

 

What is meant by cycle tourism?

Cycle tourism is a type of hiking and travelling based on the total or partial use of bicycles with low impact, generating a small demand and preferring non-mass destinations; it has an extreme environmental compatibility and respect for the land and local communities; it is “slow” by definition; it supports deseason tourism because it is practiced all year round except in summer; it requires a minimally invasive infrastructure; synthesizes and integrates with environmental, landscape, sports, naturalistic, food and wine, and cultural tourism.

It can also be perfectly integrated with roots tourism.

Who is the cyclotourist?

I have a romantic point of view. For me, cycling even just to buy the newspaper is a journey and it’s tourism in the strict sense. In fact the Touring Club and its guides were born based on bicycle world rather than car one.

 

Tourism by bike in Calabria

 

How is the cyclotourism now?

Well, I would say with a certain irony that cycling tourism finds its moment of maximum health and growth right in the middle of the world health emergency. Nothing better than going alone or with a very small group of people and always or mainly moving in the open air. The number of bicycles sold has increased and every day we see people riding by bikes more and more.

What is the scenery of cycling tourism in Calabria?

I’d say: “lights and shadows”! It seems to me an excellent summary. The Cycle route of the Parks and The Magna Grecia Cycle route are two good examples as well as the several sport events on the mountain. Considering Calabria a region which has not mass tourism, but rich of culture and landscapes, as well as small interesting inland villages and a mild climate for 10 months a year, all these elements make this region a land naturally ideal to this form of tourism.

 

Tourism by bike in Calabria

 

So, electric bike or normal one?

I prefer the “normal one”. First I want to clarify tha I have both types, but I can assure the normal one is more handling, it has more autonomy and it’s more reliable. All these characteristics for me make it better than the electric bike, to be precise the pedal assisted bike. This last is suitable for less fit people or for those who don’t want to sweat!  We see technological improvements practically every day. Things change very quickly in this sector but, please, it’s very important to respect the rules of the road!

We will follow this advice!

 

Tourism by bike in Calabria

 

Choose among the several Guided tour by e-bike or book your Aperibike in town

 

 

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