Effects of the Mobility Bonus: +50% increase of bikes in the city from 2019

Starting in 2020, the Italian government has made the mobility bonus available to citizens, 500 euro, increased to 750 with the latest decree, to buy a muscular or electric vehicle. The bonus was an immediate success and, in 2020, during the first day of validity all 120 million made available ran out in a few hours.

In addition to the requests, there were also numerous controversies following the malfunctioning of the ministry's website. It is estimated that more than 350,000 two-wheelers were purchased in 2020 alone thanks to the bike bonus. But two years later, let's see what effects the government's manoeuvres have had on sustainable mobility and the habits of Italians.

Effects of the Mobility Bonus

How is the bike market doing in Italy?

According to the Banca IFIS 'Ecosistema della Bicicletta' study, 2,010,000 bicycles were sold in 2020, registering a +17% compared to 2019. The biggest increase was in the eBike segment, which recorded +44% compared to 2019 with total sales of 280,000 units. On the other hand, 1,730,000 traditional bicycles were sold in 2020 with a +14% over 2019.

The government continues to push towards the ecological transition with another EUR 600 million planned for 'soft mobility' in the coming years thanks to the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRP). These will be used for the construction of about 1,800 km of cycle paths divided between urban cycle paths (about 200 million) and tourist cycle paths for another 400 million in funds.

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Habits begin to change

As far as the situation in Italian cities is concerned, it is to be noted that still almost 40% of journeys are made by their own heat-powered vehicles, a percentage that almost reaches 50% in the cities of southern Italy. This is followed by public transport, which is used on a daily basis by around 23% of the inhabitants of Italy's largest cities. The first in the ranking for public transport is Milan, which reaches a total of 29% of citizens travelling by tram, metro and bus. The number of electric buses running on our roads is also increasing, despite rising electricity prices that make their use less convenient.

Since 2019, the percentage of citizens travelling by bicycle has risen to 18%, an increase of about 50%. The banca Ifis survey reports that the greatest increase in bicycle use was among those who use two-wheelers for physical activity (becoming about 37% of users), but there are also those who chose to use bicycles for reasons of social distancing, about 27%. 91% of the new users reduced their use of other means of transport. Of these, as many as 54% decreased their car use.

The sustainable mobility situation is growing year after year in step with the change towards sustainability and going green. Who would have thought that a vehicle invented almost 200 years ago could be the vehicle of the future.

Source : prontobolletta

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