Traffic & commuter meltdown

Friday, November 27th, 2015
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Colombo’s eco-plan goes awry Towards the end of September the comune were backslapping each other – job well done. The new cycle paths along the city ring road were coming to completion and all looked rosy indeed. Hip hip horay for environmentalists and greenies! Next, the traffic lights were all re-calibrated to allow for left-turning […]

Finally ready for use Buses and taxis first to test new road

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Via Rizzoli white-lined and ready for drivers after almost 1 year of repavement works. Traffic began to roll over the new Chinese laid stone at the end of October. At the weekends, however, ’T’ will still be in action. Andrea Colombo, from the Comune – but most of all, motorists – are hoping the newly […]

The business of art: Raffaele Quattrone

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015
Jeff Koons (1988), Michael Jackson and Bubbles in porcelain

Raffaele Quattrone in his own words: “If we speak about art Bologna will never be Florence, Venice or Rome even if it has been a point of reference for Italian culture. Bologna is a discreet little town that in order to discover its masterpieces you must remove it mask. If we talk about contemporary art, […]

Cutting private transport & going green a top priority

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

For Mobility and Transport councillor Andrea Colombo, his top goal at the moment is to get Bologna citizens out of their cars and scooters onto good ole traditional bicycles. Speaking at Festa dell’ Unità, “Bikes are our priority,” he reported. “In the last four years,” he continued, “the cycle tracks (around the city) have increased […]

9,000 Bolognese caught with their pants down, literally.

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015
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Or 8,866 to be precise. According to the Ashley Madison leaks over the summer Italians have featured predominantly in the list among all the other European countries. And for the record, 85% of those who checked off Bologna as their place of origin are unsurprisingly men meaning that 1,300 are female. Women in Pieve di […]

Sneaky cameras set to catch speeders

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Newly mounted cameras on Viale Panzacchi and Via Stalingrado have been surreptitiously located behind lamp posts or trees to catch spending offenders.    The cameras are part of the council’s new campaign to fill up their coffers with cash. How else can it explain the sudden introduction of several more telecameras on Via dei Mille, […]

FREE Bus Travel for kids

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
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Thanks to an initiative by the municipalities of Bologna, Reno and San Lazzaro in collaboration with Tper, children attending primary school this year and resident in their respective areas will benefit from free urban public transport. Subscriptions are valid from 1 September 2015 whilst the last ones of this year were sent to the families […]

San Lazzaro inherits Bologna’s penchant for traffic chaos

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

San Lazzaro phase 3 roadworks between Savena bridge e Via Fornace started in earnest in August closing off long stretches of road. Traffic from Bologna towards San Lazzaro was diverted for miles around the outskirts for a few weeks leading to plenty of complaints for angry motorists. The diversion has since been rerouted again around the Emilia […]

SOCIAL STREET: The Bolognese revolution going viral

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
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The global brand that would make Mark Zuckerberg drool. Courted by the world’s press from La Repubblica to the NewYork Times and even reaching the dizzying heights of the internationally famous video network of TEDx events, Social Street is a new super brand created right here under the Bolognese porticoes. The idea originated from the […]

“Let’s take back Bologna” – Facebook Initiative

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

Under a new initiative “Insieme Riprendiamoci Bologna” via Facebook, the creator Luca D’Oristano is on a mission to clean up Bologna. The “Let’s take back Bologna” project is to give citizens a voice in a civilized manner on everyday situations which are causing disorder, lawlessness and lack of public safety. For example, a typical civil […]