Milan’s bike-sharing system celebrates success.
Bike sharing in Milan has proved its success by ringing up over ten million subscriber rides since the launch of the BikeMI service in December 2008.
Not only that – the statistics are continuing to rise, passing from 1.9m rides in 2013 to over 2m in 2014, and the number of subscribers doubling in just over two years. While the daily average stands now at around 12,000 rides a day, a peak of around 15,000 was registered in a single day in May of this year.
Italy’s most extensive bike-sharing network is constantly being updated to meet the demand. In July alone, seven new stations were opened around the city, bringing the total to 253 – and this should rise to 283 in September. The fleet consists of 3,650 traditional bikes, plus another 1,000 with electrical pedal assistance, and cyclists have over 185 km of cycle lanes available around the city.
The trilingual BikeMI website and the free smart-phone app include an updated map showing in real time how many bikes are available at each station. A leaflet is also available to explain the system.
Annual subscribers, paying €36 for a year’s membership, now total almost 40,000. Up to now in this year alone, users have signed up to 5,500 weekly subscriptions at €9 and another 23,000 daily subscriptions at €4.50. On traditional push-bikes the first half-hour is free, while it is charged at €0.25 for electric bikes. After that, the half-hour fee stays fixed at €0.50 for push-bikes, and rises gradually to €2 for electric bikes.