We warmly support this initiative to encourage people to use the cyle and walking path from Borighera up into the mountains... 80 kilometres of fresh air and the beauty of the mountains which Clarence knew so well. We have offered to the organisers and to Mayor of Bordighera Vittorio Ingenito, whatever help we cna usefully give.
On foot or by bicycle from Bordighera to Limone in the footsteps of Bicknell
From the newspaper Il Secolo XIX, 26th October 2020
In the footsteps of Clarence Bicknell looking at the tourist revival of the west. The Ingenito regime in Bordighera has started a project, shared at the tourism table together with Confesercenti, the natural trail that runs from the coast to Limone Piemonte, which can only be accessed by bicycle or on foot. Eighty kilometers that from Montenero, passing through Moncene, Bajardo, Monte Ceppo, Rifugio Allavena, Colle di Sanson, la Brigue, Casterino, Tende, Baisse dellOur-Colle di Tenda, is partly alternative to the Via del Sale.
Several times the botanist Clarence took parts of the route for his research, merging archaeological studies with botanising in the nearby Maritime Alps, discoveries that made it possible for him to create the first museum in western Liguria in Bordighera in 1888.
The Bordighera administration will invest 33,000 euros in the project for now. "In Montenero we are already preparing the new bike park” - comments the Mayor of Bordighera Vittorio Ingenito – “The new project will enhance an important heritage that binds us to Piedmont and France". The Bicknell Cycle Route, proposed by the Tourist Comm Service, a consortium of Confesercenti, will be made official in March 2021 with twelve video clips broadcast on YouTube and published on various social networks and specific portals. The first edition of ride will be held in July 2021 and collateral events will be organized between March and October, including an exhibition in Bordighera and Tende (France). "In the programme - explains the council - is work, a thematic shop with schools" "The administration asked that the signs placed along the entire route bear the words Progetto Città di Bordighera to ensure a promotional benefit to the city. The initiative is being run by an ad hoc team in the town hall.
Ingenito and Confesercenti are ready to collaborate with other Municipalities so far unaware of the route and in two days of information they will present the proposal to the city (technical support will be provided by the Liguria region agency).