(Milan, May 2020) The city of Milan has plans to be the cleanest and most bike friendly city in Italy.
The city press office has announced a new bike lane project for Milan with the intent of limiting the traffic and pollution it causes.
This comes as the new measures of Phase 2 ‘Post COVID-19 Lockdown’ are being implemented. Milan is working on a plan for the restructuring of public transportation. All means of transport (buses, trams, subway trains) will run more frequently with the aim of reducing crowding.
To limit traffic congestion and increase air quality, the city of Milan wants to encourage residents to use bicycles or electric scooters. Milan already offers several public bike sharing programs.
To support the new Bike Milan campaign, they have promised 35 kilometres (21.7 miles) of new bike lanes and parking stations by the end of the year.
Milan already has 220 km (136.7 mi) of bike lanes making it the most bike friendly city in Italy. Rome has 150 km, Padova 133.2, Torino 91.8, and Florence 64.6.
Areas that will be improved are:
San Babila – Bastioni di Porta Venezia – Corso Buenos Aires Viale Monza – Sesto Marelli. Bike lanes will be defined by painted lines on the ground rather than a curbside lane.
Viale Certosa, viale Zara – viale Testi, viale Romagna – viale Campagna – viale Molise, viale Famagosta – via Faenza. Speed bumps in these areas will limit traffic to 30kph making cycling safer.
Other interventions are planned for Legioni Romane – Bern – Zurich route and the Bussa – Farini – Cimitero Monumentale route. The completion of the Monterosa bike lane, from Buonarroti to Amendola, is also expected by the summer.
With the new government Relaunch Decree, all adults (anyone over 18) with residency in cities with more than 50,000 residents will get a “mobility bonus”. With the purchase of a bicycle (standard or electric) or an electric scooter, hoverboard or monowheel a rebate equal to 60% of the purchase value for a maximum of 500 euros. Some scooters may not be applicable, ask your retailer which items comply with the program.
As the scheme is aimed at curbing traffic in major cities, residents of smaller towns and municipalities cannot benefit from the rebate.
How do I get the 500 euro Bike bonus?
It is not clear yet how the rebate will be refunded. Buy your bike anytime between May 4 until December 31 and keep your receipt. Reports say that there will be an online registry where you can upload your purchase receipt and request the refund. This however may change and be refunded as a deduction on your next tax claim. Refund methods are still uncertain at this time.
Will I really get 500 euro?
The rebate is equal to 60% of the purchase value for a maximum of 500 euros. If you decide to buy a bicycle worth 1,000 euros, you will not receive 600 euros in bonuses, but a maximum of 500 euro. If you buy a bicycle worth 400 euros you will receive a maximum of 240 euros in bonuses and so on. In order to get all the 500 euro bonus, you will need to make a purchase worth at least 833 euro.
When you get a new bike with the bike bonus, sell your old one!
Place an ad in the EasyMilano.com classified ad section!
Rent a Bike
If you don’t want to buy a bike, then you may want to rent one. There are city bike sharing apps like BikeMi, Mobike, Ofo and Helbiz, which has bikes and scooters.
The only drawback to bike rental in Milan is finding the parking stations. Parking stations are scattered throughout the city but may not always be convenient. If you plan to use bike rental in Milan to commute to work, research your departure and destination on each app before registering. You may want to register for multiple apps to cover more ground.
Read more about bike friendly Milan (in Italian)
Enjoy cycling in Milan and stay safe!
Written by Anthony Ryan, Easy Milano Editorial Staff
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