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Riding in Marmilla On the Old Railway’s Trail Pedalando in Marmilla sulle tracce della vecchia ferrovia

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Author(s): Ilaria Giovagnorio | Alessandra Scalas

Journal: TeMA : Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment
ISSN 1970-9889

Volume: 4;
Issue: 2;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: greenway | pista ciclabile | sostenibilità | mobilità leggera | risorse locali | economia della conoscenza

ABSTRACT
The project re-discovers a stretch of disused track of Sardinia’s complementary railway and re-uses it as a cycle lane: a greenway surrounded by the landscapes of Marmilla (Medio Campidano Province, Sardinia) that is both a tourist route and a network for an alternative mobility that connects seven villages in the territory.The fact that only cyclists and walkers can go through this route makes this essentially an alternative means to explore the area, with the aim of creating a new way to represent the Island, not only for visitors but for the inhabitants themselves.The old stations and the signal boxes still present along the green artery can be recovered as access/refreshment/information nodes of the network.In particular the stations, still in good conditions, can be employed as rest-stops, information-points and small showrooms for temporary or permanent exhibitions, in which local artists display their handcrafts. In the stations equipped with other service building in the immediate vicinity, small guesthouses that can accommodate the short-stay tourists have also been planned.On the other hand, the strong degradation where the signal boxes are only allows the recovery of this places as heritage sites where the ruins remain silent witnesses, telling travelers about local life long gone.These points have been provided with parking areas equipped with street furniture (seating systems, fountains, bicycle racks, etc.), Mediterranean scrub and appropriate information systems through which visitors can obtain information on the bike path and the secondary ramifications directed to the attractions in the surroundings.The whole area, in fact, is rich with sites of great value (Nuragic architecture, medieval buildings, disused mines, places of worship, etc.) therefore the cycle-lane would be the main vector for travelers to access the numerous secondary naturalistic, historical, architectural and also gastronomic pathways that distinguish the surrounding area.In this way the cultural and natural resources of the area would be more accessible to visitors and, at the same time, it would strengthen the bond between the inhabitants and places. The project is part of an alternative vision of development that passes through the valorization of the local resources such as traditional agriculture products, the artistic crafts, cultural and natural tourism and small business, supported by local knowledge deeply rooted in the territory. So the project wants not only to cherish the memory of places, but also to reinterpret their signs as potential components of productivity in the future. Becoming aware of their own peculiar and intriguing culture and understanding this territory, residents first and travelers after will feel the need to protect and promote this charming region.Il progetto ha come obiettivo la riqualificazione di un tratto dismesso delle Ferrovie Complementari Sarde e ne propone il riutilizzo come pista ciclabile: una greenway immersa nei paesaggi della Marmilla (Provincia del Medio Campidano, Sardegna) che sia al tempo stesso un percorso turistico e una rete infrastrutturale per una mobilità alternativa. Lungo questa nuova arteria verde si propone il recupero dei caselli e delle stazioni ancora presenti sul luogo, quali nodi di accesso/ristoro/informazione della rete.In questo modo le risorse storico-culturali e paesaggistico-ambientali del territorio sarebbero maggiormente fruibili dai visitatori e, parallelamente, il legame fra gli abitanti e i luoghi si rafforzerebbe. Il progetto si inserisce all’interno di una visione alternativa di sviluppo che passi dalla valorizzazione delle risorse locali, quali le produzioni dell’agricoltura tradizionale, l’artigianato artistico, il turismo culturale e naturalistico e la piccola impresa, sostenute da saperi locali fortemente radicati nel territorio.Tutta l’area è ricca di siti di particolare pregio (architettura nuragica, edifici medioevali, complessi minerari dismessi, luoghi di culto..), cosicchè la pista ciclabile costituirebbe il vettore principale dal quale il visitatore potrebbe accedere ai numerosi percorsi secondari di carattere naturalistico, archeologico–storico–architettonico ed anche enogastronomico che innervano il territorio circostante.

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