Towards the end of 2019, the Municipality of Milan decided to take part in a micro-mobility national trial promoted by the Italian Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure. The installation of 130 road signs in the inner city centre is complete and shared e-scooters are available for residents and tourists to be used.
The trial period will last until July 2021 and people using their own e-scooters will need to pay specific attention and respect clear cut rules. Traffic is permitted only along specific road segments; all vehicles, e-scooters, segways, hoverboards and single wheels, can circulate in pedestrian areas as long as the speed does not exceed 6 km/h, while only scooters and segways can circulate on cycle paths and in Zone 30, limiting the speed to 20 km/h.
In addition to these general rules, there are further areas that are not accessible, marked by an additional 80 dedicated road signs, which include areas of particular danger such as stone paving, lanes adjacent to tram tracks and even pedestrian tunnels. The electric scooters sharing services will be run by three companies (Bit Mobility, Wind Mobility, and Helbiz), each with a fleet of 750 vehicles for a total of 2,250.
"This experimentation is very important for us and we will check its progress with attention and interest - says Marco Granelli, Councillor for Mobility and Public Works -. Scooters and other micro electric vehicles, like bicycles, contribute to improving the quality of urban mobility but it is necessary that they are used with much common sense.
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Source: Story first published by Corriere della Sera in December