|Transit type||Bicycle sharing system|
|Number of stations||184|
|Began operation||3 December 2008|
|Number of vehicles||3,260 |
BikeMi is a public bicycle sharing system in Milan, Italy. It was launched on 8 December 2008 and is contracted to and operated by Clear Channel on the basis of its SmartBike system. The scheme encompasses 3,240 bicycles and 183 stations.
The system was planned to grow to 200 stations and almost 3,500 bikes by the end of 2012, but the expansion has been on hold for some time due to lack of funds. The system was introduced by Major of Milano Letizia Moratti and her deputy for mobility and environment Edoardo Croci.
The service is active from 7am to midnight and has more than 5,000 users a day, with a record of 8,097 on 12 May 2013.
The system is based on 1-day, 1-week or 1-year subscriptions, which allows users to rent a bike. Rentals are free for the first 30 minutes. After that time, in order not to pay more, the bike has to be returned in a station. However, unlimited number of rentals are allowed in a day. The scheme is similar to the Vélib' one. There are at present more than 12,000 users with an annual subscription.
Prices range from €2.50 for a 1-day subscription to €36 for the annual one. An additional fare of €0.50 per half-hour is charged for rentals exceeding 30 minutes and not longer than further 2 hours. After that time a €2.00 per hour fine applies.
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Notes and references
- "BikeMi, attive 3 nuove stazioni". BikeMi.com. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
- "Clear Channel Jolly launches BikeMi". smartbike.com. 8 December 2008. Retrieved 17 september 2011.
- "Bike sharing, mancano 3 milioni "In crisi il piano di ampliamento"". Corriere della Sera Milano. 18 October 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
- "Di record in record". Retrieved 19 July 2012.
- "Tariffe". www.bikemi.it. Retrieved 24 September 2011.