Lisbon to create €2 million “bike-share” network by next year

Following new traffic restrictions designed to limit pollution in Lisbon, EMEL – the capital’s mobility and parking business – has announced it will be investing €2 million on setting up a “bike share” network, to operate at both the top end and riverside areas of the busy city.

It will be an investment involving 1,200 bicycles “to be distributed over 100 pick-up points”, “encouraging environmentally-friendly modes of transport”.

Talking to Lusa news agency, EMEL’s Luís Natal Marques explained the bike sharing network should be ready “within a year or so”.

It is just one of many changes in the pipeline.

Others include the construction of a number of new underground car parks (to accommodate all the cars no longer allowed into the capital), a cable railway, rolling carpets and lift accesses to the tune of €24 million.