The Italian city of Bari will start paying people that cycle to work

Bari, the capital city of the Apulia region in Southern Italy, will be the first major Italian city to reward people who cycle to work.

In the first days of 2019 the city announced a new project to reward people who commute by bike in a bid to increase the overall share of cycling trips in the city. The project is supported by a €545,000 grant from Italy’s Ministry for the Environment and will begin with a pilot phase of four months in 2019.

The reimbursement scheme will be based on the kilometres cycled for the purpose of work, with participants receiving 20 cents per kilometre for trips between work and home and 4 cents per kilometre for other urban trips. Every month, cyclists will be able to receive up to a maximum of €25 for their daily commutes by bike. The participants will receive a GPS tracking device to monitor their daily routes and the kilometres travelled. At the end of each month, an extra €50 will be awarded to the ten participants who have cycled the most kilometres.