Milan has introduced 1 000 electric bicycles to its BikeMi bicycle network, boosting the total number of public bikes in the city to 4 600.
The city is also planning to install a further 70 docking stations to accomodate the new e-bikes.
The bicycles include batteries which allow a range of 55-65km on a single charge and can be re-charged up to 300 times.
A display shows the level of charge in the battery and, thanks to an inbuilt GPS, the route cycled by the bicycle.
The GPS can also locate the bicycles if they are stolen or lost.
The electric bicycles will cost € 0.25 for the first half-hour, rising to € 3.75 for two hours.
'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,' said Barbara Degani, Undersecretary of the Ministry of the Environment, which invested € 4m in the bicycles.
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