Milan marks European mobility week

Residents encouraged to leave their cars at home.

Milan marks European mobility week, from 16-22 September, with a series of initiatives and events to support sustainable transport and to persuade residents to walk, bike or share their transport.

The city is supporting a conference on 16 September on the theme “Choose, Change, Combine: Giornata Europea della Sharing Mobility” organised by the ministry for the environment.

On Friday 18 September Milan is supporting a national Bike to Work initiative when everyone – managers, city employees, retailers, students, parents and children are all encouraged to bike to work or study.

Until 31 October all organisation with at least three employees can join the Bike Challenge Milano. One of the prizes is a journey to New Zealand for two. Prizes go to those who encourage the most people to take to their bikes rather than those who bike the furthest. For more details and how to register see the website Love To Ride Milano.

BikeMi, Milan's bike sharing initiative, is also hoping to clock up its 40,000th subscriber during the mobility week, having started the year with 28,000 members. Lucky number 40,000 will be given a 10-year membership.

On Sunday 20 September there is a treasure hunt on bicycles organised by BeGreen.