Although Turin is mainly flat with up-down roads only across the river Po, bicycles have been a neglected mode of transport for a long time. Why? Well, automotive company FIAT has been monopolizing the economic, social and environmental life of Turin for years and its citizens should not be granted an efficient public transport system and bicycle-friendly roads. They had to buy cars, and drive them.
With the crisis of the company in the ’90s the city had to reinvent itself and a new generation with awareness and sensitiveness to topics such as climate change, pollution and sustainable transport has also finally emerged. Dario, the owner of the cycle-shop MoveGreen is one of them, and whenever I have any problem with my bicycle I go to him. This nice guy will be more than happy to rent you out a bike to adventure around the streets of the city center.
When I was at University fresh from my Erasmus time in Copenhagen cycling was for fools (me included), but now more and more two-wheelers can be seen around as the authorities are improving the conditions for security and interconnection. So give it a try and do not forget to put a helmet on!