“We started a fundraiser to buy Fun2Go, a bike for two people that allows you to sit next to each other and pedal. In just under two months, thanks to donations from all over Italy, we managed to reach the 10 thousand euros that allowed us to donate it to people with disabilities “. Marco Scarponi is Michele’s brother, dead cycling champion in 2017, hit by a man driving a van during a training near his home, in Filottrano. Since then, Marco carries on the memory of his brother with the Michele Scarponi Foundation. “We work in the name of Michele and we finance projects for education on correct road behavior, a culture of respect for the rules and the other ”, he says. The initiatives are many. Give her tandem activities for people with disabilities to donations to integrate summer projects for the disabled in Vallesina, in Marche. Up to cyclofficinaa space between wrenches and Allen keys, chains and tubulars.
“The law of the strongest is anachronistic, primitive. He has helped to create generations of motorists who think that going fast, using flashing lights or the horn to move those in front, as if it were a test of virility – explains Marco al fatto.it -. But we are not motorists. The car is a means of transport, not a category. We we are fathers, children, husbands, wives, engaged and our priority is and always will be to go home in the evening to hug our loved ones “. At the moment the Foundation is made up of a board of directors of 4 people, “my parents, me and my sister”, explains Marco. I’m almost there 300 subscribers and participants in the activities, plus about twenty volunteers. “But above all – he adds – there is a network of friendly associations that have taught us a lot, together with professional collaborators (architects, lawyers) who support and help us from all over Italy”.
“Every day we welcome Cristopher, a boy with disabilities who participates in the management of the bicycle workshop created in Filottrano”, smiles Marco. “We work on social networks trying to inform andraise awareness of road safety. We write projects, we respond to numerous emails. Then there are the events we participate in all over Italy. In short, the day of the Foundation is dedicated to others “. Marco doesn’t mince words. ” My life was changed by Michele’s death. The foundation of the Foundation and the fact that I dedicate myself to it every day is the best way I have found to make sense of what happened to my brother ”. Michele Scarponi won a Giro d’Italia and is still in the heart of cycling enthusiasts today. An example: every year it is celebrated the “foot on the ground” dayin memory of the stage of Giro d’Italia on May 27, 2016on the Colle dell’Agnello, when Michele, out of a spirit of sacrifice, stopped at the top of the highest climb of the competition while he was leading to wait for his captain Vincenzo Nibali and lead him to victory.
“When you lose a family member following a crime, you are a victim in your turn,” continues Marco. The purpose of associations like ours is to promote prevention activities through the involvement of administrations and public opinion on the drama of road violence, providing assistance to families affected by serious accidents “. In short, “try to change the status quo, bringing the problem of road safety to the top of the political agenda of our administrators”.
Since September the association has restarted with initiatives on sustainable mobility dedicated to students, bicycle mechanics courses open to all and bike sharing for the most vulnerable. “Everything I do is the work of Michele. I reap the energy he sowed. I am proud to be his brother ”. Before concluding, when asked about the future, Marco smiles. “In ten years I imagine a Foundation made up of thousands of people who work every day for sustainable mobility androad safety, capable of having saved many lives and of having changed the culture of our country in this area. A society where the speed of cars is prioritized rather than children playing on the street is a society that has no future. The road belongs to everyone – he concludes – starting with the most fragile “.