The Northern Italian city of Ferrara (134.000 inhabitants), situated in the plains of the river Po and capital of the province of Emilia Romagna, is a cycling city par excellence. Four out of ten trips are made by bicycle, and the bicycle is used by all social groups, by people of all age groups, by men and women, boys and girls, for all purposes, all over the year. Citizens of Ferrara say, that little children get their first bicycle before they have learned to walk. With this high share of cycling, Ferrara is not only by far Italy's cycling city number one. It is also among the best cycling cities in Europe.
The size and spatial structure of Ferrara are favourable to cycling: Ferrara is a mono-centric city with some wards in a distance of maximum 5km. Its fortified medieval and Renaissance city centre has been declared world cultural heritage by UNESCO.
PROVINCE OF FERRARA
It has managed as LP and partner several Interreg III-A, III-B, III-C and Life projects, as: ACIND, ADRIA-LINK, ADRIA-SAFE, ADRIA-TUR, AIA, AMICA, CLEAR, ECO-LAND, ITACA, MISTER, NEW, FAREADRI, WATERCYCLE, ECA & many other projects within EU
With a cycling infrastructure of approx.  200 km, a comprehensive Master Plan on cycling, a rate of urban trips over than 30%, Ferrara is a leading area in the cycling mobility in Italy and Europe. The Province has accumulated in the years a wide know-how, which is now put at disposal of the other partners of BICY.
As LP, it coordinates the project implementation, prepares technical & financial reporting, provides communication among PPs, promotes & runs the SC trans-national meetings & a final conference.
Through BICY project Province of Ferrara will raise trans-national mutual visibility & learning with the introduction of new services and innovative solutions (inter-modal bike-train, bike-boat counter-bikers satellite navigators, MP3 technologies etc.)