Milan by bike and scooter

Rules of conduct, cycle paths, sharing... On this page you will find information, suggestions and links to get around on two wheels with pleasure and safely for everyone.

Traveling with ATM
ATM allows, at certain times, the free transport of bicycles and scooters:

  • on all metro lines
  • on the Milan-Limbiate hospital line (Brianza tramway)
  • on tram lines 7 and 31.

Traveling with Trenord
Trenord allows paid transport on all Suburban and Regional trains marked with the bicycle symbol.

Main rules
The different means of public transport have common rules for the transport of bicycles and scooters:

  • Only one vehicle is allowed per person
  • In the stations, the use of lifts and stairs is permitted, which must be used keeping the vehicle raised from the ground. It is forbidden to use escalators
  • drive the vehicle by hand at the station and on the platforms
  • the traveler is responsible for the safekeeping of the vehicle and for any damage caused to things or people
  • loading and unloading of the vehicle must be carried out personally and the spaces provided, carriages or areas with the vehicle symbol must be used, without hindering the movement of other passengers
  • trailers or special vehicles such as tandems or motorized bicycles are not permitted.

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From the city of Milan it is possible to access three cycle routes that develop along the Naviglio Grande, the Naviglio Pavese, the Naviglio della Martesana.

The cycle routes can be integrated with the public transport service to travel sections by train or subway with your bike in tow.

From April to September, and in some periods from December to January, navigation on the Navigli is active on weekends. By agreeing on the days and times of the excursion, it is possible to transport the bicycle on board.

The circulation of bicycles and scooters is also regulated by the Highway Code.

Respecting the rules allows you to move around the city safely, for a happy coexistence between all those who find themselves on the street.

1. Usage

  • The electric scooter can only be used by individuals who have at least 14 years of age
  • until the age of eighteen you must wear a helmet.

2. Sidewalks

  • Whether they are muscle traction, electric or pedal-assisted, bikes and scooters cannot circulate on the sidewalks.

3. Passengers

  • It is forbidden to go with two people. Exceptions concern specially built and equipped bicycles, where the adult driver is allowed to transport a child up to eight years old using approved child seats.
  • these exceptions never apply to scooters, on which only one person can travel.

4. Circulation

  • Recently scooters have been equated to bicycles and can circulate throughout the municipal territory on roads with a speed limit of 50 km/h, on extra-urban roads, on cycle paths
  • bicycles and scooters are allowed to transit in Limited Traffic Zones and pedestrian streets, where the signs require it or where it is not expressly prohibited. However, it is prohibited in some lanes reserved for public transport, where the space would not be sufficient to guarantee their safety.

5. Stop

  • See the paragraph Where to park bicycles and scooters
  • for the regulation of parking relating to sharing scooters visit Sharing scooters

Bicycle lane
It can be delimited by a traffic island, horizontal signs and vertical signs.

Pedestrial area
The transit of bicycles and scooters is permitted but, in particular situations, the Municipality may introduce further restrictions on the circulation of bicycles in areas reserved for pedestrians. It is therefore necessary to pay attention to any prohibitions indicated with specific signs. If necessary, it is advisable to drive the vehicle by hand.

Parks and green areas
Asphalted or dirt avenues, roads and paths within the green spaces and gardens can be walked at walking pace.

Zone 30 and Car free zones
In some streets that host schools, vehicle traffic is limited when entering and leaving school (from 8am to 15am and from 8pm to 45pm), to make travel to school safer. on foot, by bicycle, by scooter.

ZTL Limited Traffic Zones
Bikes and scooters can only access if indicated by the signs. In some lanes reserved for public transport, bicycles are prohibited from transit because the space is not sufficient to guarantee their safety.

Here are some tips to reduce theft:

  • always lock your bike with a padlock!
  • park the bike in a clearly visible place and together with other bicycles
  • if possible, don't park your bike in the same place every day
  • try to make the lock adhere as much as possible to the bike and to the bicycle rack support. This reduces the space that can be used to pry the lock and break it
  • make sure the padlock does not touch the ground (otherwise it would be easier to break it)
  • if possible, lock both wheels and the bike frame, or just the front wheel and frame, especially if the wheels release with a lever
  • take easily removable parts with you (for example lights, pump, etc.)
  • keep photographs and affix identifying marks to the bicycle to facilitate recognition in the event of theft.

If the theft has already occurred
1. file a report with the police, possibly accompanying the description of the stolen vehicle with a photograph
2. contact the Stolen Bike Counter Team of the local police for information on stolen and recovered bicycles in the city or metropolitan area.

Visit the page Stolen bikes (see link on this page).

Scooters are treated like bicycles and parking of vehicles must comply with the Highway Code.

Bikes and scooters can only be parked:

  • in dedicated parking stalls
  • in the areas designated for parking bicycles and motorbikes
  • on the side of the road, where it is not expressly prohibited.

However, they cannot be parked:

  • on the sidewalk
  • in any position that creates an obstacle to the movement of pedestrians and other vehicles.

Sharing scooters

Characteristics of the racks
The racks installed by the Municipality of Milan are functional and safe against theft. They are found in places that attract a large number of people, especially near railway stations, subways and schools.

There are currently over 32 thousand stalls in the city and their number is constantly growing.

Removal of bikes from municipal racks
In order to combat the phenomenon of bicycle abandonment, the Administration is entitled to remove it, subject to prior notice to be affixed to the bicycle itself, after 20 days of use of the municipal racks.

Private or public entities outside the Administration can also request the establishment of bicycle racks for common use.

For more information click on How to install bicycle racks for public use in the section Use the services.

What the Municipality says
The Local Hygiene Regulation of the Municipality of Milan establishes: "in all existing or newly built courtyards, the storage of bicycles must be permitted for those who live or work in the house numbers connected to the courtyard". For violation of this rule there is an administrative fine of 50 to 150 euros.

However, it is not mandatory to allocate an exclusive space for bicycle storage or to install bicycle rack structures.

The purchase and use of bike racks and covered structures for storing bicycles are delegated to the condominium assembly.

Provisions of the Civil Code
According to the Civil Code, the installation of a bicycle rack or a shed is permitted by the Civil Code as an innovation aimed at improving and increasing the convenience of use of the common areas.

The purchase may also be the responsibility of only the interested condominium owners, with the right of exclusive use.

Other regulatory sources
Regional Law n. 7/2009 provides for the obligation for Municipalities to include rules in the building regulations for the creation of common spaces in buildings used for residences and tertiary or productive activities for the storage of bicycles.

Any condominium rules that prohibit parking bicycles in the courtyard must be modified.

A ruling from the Court of Milan in 1997 reports that the general use of Milanese courtyards as shelter for bicycles, used by those who live or work in buildings with a courtyard, cannot be contested by the holders of real rights on the courtyards themselves, whether they are individual owners or, as in the case of condominiums, collectives.

The same ruling highlighted that the condominium regulations are subordinated, due to their private nature, to both the Local Hygiene Regulations and the Building Regulations of the Municipality of Milan.

Download the e-book

The Municipality of Milan has published an e-book with the aim of helping users to get around by bicycle in traffic, knowing the traffic rules, the technical characteristics of bicycles, the necessary equipment and the most frequent risks of collision.

Download the e-book

The publication was created in collaboration with FIAB Cyclobby (the Milanese association belonging to the Italian Federation of Friends of the Bicycle) and thanks to the availability of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia.

Use the services

National standards
- New Highway Code (Legislative Decree 30 April 1992, n. 285 and subsequent amendments and updates)
- Regulations for the execution and implementation of the New Highway Code (Decree of the President of the Republic 16 December 1992, n. 495 and subsequent amendments and updates)
- Rules for the financing of cycling mobility (Law 19 October 1998, n. 366)
- Regulation containing rules for the definition of the technical characteristics of cycle paths (Ministerial Decree 30 November 1999, n. 557)
- Functional and geometric standards for the construction of roads and subsequent modifications (Ministerial Decree 5 November 2001)
- Functional and geometric standards for the construction of road intersections (Ministerial Decree 19 April 2006)
- Civil Code

Local regulations
- Local Hygiene Regulation of the Municipality of Milan
- Interventions to encourage the development of cycling mobility (Regional Law no. 7 of 30 April 2009)
- Sentence of the Court of Milan n. 11380 of 12 April 1997

Updated: 29/05/2024