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Cycling near La Spezia

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Cycling near La Spezia

Im staying in the little town of Cinquale near La Spezia and would like to cycle to the Massa train station, and maybe explore the nearby towns. Is it law to wear a helmet? Are the roads generally safe for cyclists? And can I take a bike with me on the train?

Edited: 01 April 2012, 21:52
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1. Re: Cycling near La Spezia

Hello Hatter, it is law to wear helmet in Italy (you will not suffer for this, will you?).

It is possible to carry push bikes on the regional trains paying extra charge. By the way, once you'll arrive to Massa, you could climb up on the slops of mt. Sumbra via Antona-Campagnina and return on sp 10 via Terrinca-Serravezza. It is a very scenic itinerary, but the descend is difficult and 300 mt. are on gravel. Don't take any risks.

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2. Re: Cycling near La Spezia

Thanks. Don't mind wearing a helmet, just not sure if there is one at the house we are renting (they do have a bike though).

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3. Re: Cycling near La Spezia

Accordng to …wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicycle_helmet_laws_by_c… there is no requirement to wear a helmet, and certainly you rarely see cyclists wearing helmets.

Trenitalia's bicycle regulations are here www.trenitalia.com/cms/v/index.jsp…

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4. Re: Cycling near La Spezia

It looks like there is not a law in Italy yet as in the other European countries.

It is also true that you won't see in 2012 any cyclist biking outside urban areas without wearing the helmet.

There is finally consciousness about the fact that 85% of accidents involving bike riders leave head injures. Considering that in Italy are registered more than 40 millions private motorvehicles without counting lorrys and tracks, only careless minds would taked unnecessary risks.

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5. Re: Cycling near La Spezia

I live way outside an urban area and use rural roads popular with cyclists, who rarely wear helmets - particularly in summer. The introduction of a helmet law was blocked by political opposition organised by the FIAB, the main Italian cyclists' association.

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6. Re: Cycling near La Spezia

See the cycling section on: http://ciaolunigiana.com/ Sheila is from SA and lives in Britain. Lunigiana is the Magra River valley just north of Cinquale. This is not our best story, but it's nearby and perhaps it will add to your trip. apathtolunch.com/search/…20Massa

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Don't miss this one mentioned on CiaoLunigiana. piste-ciclabili.com/itinerari/3121-marina-di…

It shows a 7km. bike trail along both sides of the Frigido River. ('slm' means height above sea level.) This would get you most of the way to the train station, or halfway to downtown Massa.

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8. Re: Cycling near La Spezia

Hi,

We will be ten days in La Spezia in next September. We want to rent good road bikes to travel between the village of the Cinque Terre and ride on the road where the Giro has passed in last May.

Is someone knows a bike shop where we can rent good road bikes in La Spezia, Levante or Sestri Levanto ?

Thank you for helping

Claude

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