Italy Announces 30% Drop In Cycling Fatalities Since Introduction Of Compulsory Single File

Italian Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli
The Italian government introduced Compulsory Single File for cyclists in 2014. Despite many false claims to the contrary, Italy continues to lower their cycling road toll while almost every other member of the EU climbs in the wrong direction. The Netherlands cycling road toll has soared by 24% in the same time frame.

Italian Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli today applauded Italy’s ongoing successful reduction in cycling fatalities since the introduction of Compulsory Single File in 2014.

Speaking in Milan at a press conference in the offices of the Italian National Institute of Statistics the urbane and charismatic Toninelli said the latest road safety data regarding cycling fatalities was a victory for common sense in the face of immense resistance from many cycling lobbyists.

Italian Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli
Italian Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli says his government's decision to implement Compulsory Single File was a victory for common sense over entrenched attitudes.

In the past 6 years the number of cyclists who have died each year on Italian roads has fallen 30% from 273 to 187.  Minister Toninelli says the success can be placed firmly at the feet of his controversial Compulsory Single File legislation which he personally sponsored as a Parliamentary Bill in 2014.

“Like many Italian men,  I raced bicycles for many years,”  said Toninelli,  who remains supremely fit well into his 40s.  “My decision to support Article 182 back in 2014 was not without resistance.  But common sense prevailed.  The data cannot be argued with.  We are saving lives.”

Italian Road Deaths 2019
Danilo Toninelli is confident cycling fatalities will continue to fall thanks to Compulsory Single File.

“We have seen many members of the European Union not have such good luck as the Italian people,”  he continued.  “You could say they have ignored the lessons we have learnt and are still learning.  Austria for example has seen cycling fatalities grow by 54% in the last 10 years.  And The Netherlands has the highest rate of cycling deaths per capita,  and continues to worsen .”

Minister Toninelli concluded by saying his support for Article 182 was not without cost,  noting it had made him unpopular with many of his former cycling friends,  but he remains unrepentant.  

Cycling Fatalities in The Netherlands
The Netherlands has the highest rate of cycling deaths per capita of any country in the European Union. Minister Danilo Toninelli says the decision to implement Compulsory Single File is a lesson for all EU Members.