Italian cities see bicycle boom after COVID-19 lockdown – Times of India

Italian cities see bicycle boom after COVID-19 lockdown – Times of India

ROME: Italy has seen a surge in bicycle gross sales because the authorities ended its coronavirus lockdown as folks keep away from public transport and reply to authorities incentives to assist the atmosphere.
Some 540,000 bikes have been offered nationwide since outlets throughout the nation reopened in early Could, in line with sector foyer Ancma, a 60% improve within the first month in comparison with the identical interval in 2019.
To maintain folks off metros and buses and keep away from highway congestion, the federal government has supplied to contribute as much as 500 euros ($562.70) for city-dwellers who purchase conventional or “pedal-assisted” electrical bicycles.
The subsidy, which kicked in on Could four and runs to the tip of the 12 months, has accelerated a development in place even in small centres the place it’s not out there.
“Could has been a rare month for the e-bike market,” Gian Franco Nanni, chief government of Italian electrical automobile producer Askoll EVA informed Reuters. “We’ve seen triple-digit progress in orders in contrast with a 12 months in the past.”
With greater than 34,600 deaths, Italy has the world’s fourth highest COVID-19 toll and authorities have warned the danger of an infection continues to be excessive in crowded locations.
The federal government has put aside 120 million euros for its incentive plan, and has stated it should make more funds out there if wanted.
Bicycle use has been historically in style within the flat northern cities of the Po Valley equivalent to Bologna and Parma, however is now additionally changing into more frequent in cities additional south.
“We’ve offered greater than 50 bikes since we reopened,” stated Simone Lazzaretti, who runs the “Lazzaretti” bike store within the hilly capital Rome, the place bicycles had by no means actually caught on as a method to get round city.
“We have offered out of all of the cheaper pedal-assisted fashions and solely have top-of-the-range ones left, which value round 2,500 euros,” he stated.

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