NAPLES, Italy - Luca Simeone rides his bike along the sunny beachfront of Naples while his little daughter sleeps on the baby seat.
It may sound ordinary, but this simple act is revolutionary. Three years ago Naples' seafront was an urban highway, noisy and smoggy, jammed with car traffic, while smelly trash erupted from garbage bins along streets and alleys. Urban cyclers were regarded as eco-fundamentalists.
Three years later, Naples has a new mayor, clean streets, a wide pedestrian beachfront and a 20-kilometre (20-mile) cycling lane overlooking a beautiful bay. This is the liberated beachfront ("Il lungomare liberato") [...]