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Madrid offers electric bicycle-share from May

Published on Apr 3, 2014 1:47 AM

MADRID (AFP) - Madrid will provide 1,500 electric bicycles in its first public bike-hire scheme from May 1, the city said on Wednesday.

The "BiciMad" service follows similar schemes in Spanish cities such as Barcelona, as well as Paris's "Velibs" and London's so-called "Boris bikes".

"In the first phase, 1,500 bicycles will be provided and they will all be electric," distributed across 120 bike stands, a Madrid city hall spokeswoman told AFP.

Spanish firm BonoPark has got the 25-million-euro (S$43.4 million) contract to build the parking stands and install the bikes, equipped with electric motors that help propel them when pedalled.

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