Milan introduces 1,000 e-bikes to city bike scheme
The city of Milan has introduced 1,000 additional electronic bicycles to its BikeMi bicycle network. As a result of this investment the number of public bicycles available in the city has risen to 4,600. The newly installed bicycles allow users to travel up to 65km on a single charge and can be recharged up to 300 times.
Each bicycle is fitted with a screen to highlight battery levels and includes a GPS system that can locate the bicycle if it is lost or stolen. The electric bicycles can be hired at cost of € 0.25 for the first half-hour, increasing to € 3.75 for two hours.
According to Barbara Degani, Undersecretary of the Ministry of the Environment: ‘The Ministry of the Environment has included € 35m for sustainable mobility and, for the first time in our legislation, recognised the bicycle as a means of transport for the “home-work” commute’.
Local transport is one of 12 indicators assessed as part of the European Green Capital Award. Ljubljana European Green Capital 2016 impressed the Jury by the significant transformation which has been made by the city in sustainability over the previous 10 – 15 years. This transformation has been achieved in areas including local transport and the pedestrianizing of the city centre. From being a city which was previously dominated by car transport the focus is now on public transport and on pedestrian and cycling networks. The most significant measure that has been taken has been the modification of the traffic regime on the main traffic artery (Slovenska Street).