How do you move around in Bicocca? What would you suggest to make the neighborhood more livable? These are the questions at the heart of the focus groups on walking in the city, scheduled for February in the spaces of the University of Milan-Bicocca. An appointment that is part of MUSA’s broader project on sustainable mobility, particularly among the activities of Spoke1 WP4, which focuses on urban regeneration.

MUSA decided to start this project right away in the neighborhood surrounding the University of Bicocca. By listening to the life that moves around, among the streets intersecting with the researchers’ activities. Last May, for example, with the event “Moving around in Bicocca: Sustainable mobility within the neighborhood”, the activities of WP4 were presented to propose some participatory research activities with residents and people who work, live, or experience the neighborhood.

Objective: to gather useful elements for proposing appropriate urban regeneration policies on safety, accessibility, quality of public spaces, and nightlife. And now, with the focus groups in February, the listening to the needs of the neighborhood surrounding the Milanese University continues. According to a first report drawn up at the beginning of the activity, the most popular meeting places seem to be the Hangar Bicocca, the Bicocca Village, and the Parco Nord, crowned as nerve centers for the life of the neighborhood.

Crucial gathering places, even though the shopping center lacks proximity services amidst the proliferation of restaurants and food activities. The squares in the university area, including Piazza della Trivulziana, have received positive feedback for the opportunities they offer in terms of dining and leisure time. The most appreciated place according to the average ratings of the participants was Parco Nord, which, due to its location on the northeastern border, almost outside the neighborhood, is mentioned by some residents but not by commuters, who instead frequent the Greco Pirelli station and Viale Sarca.