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MADRID: They allow you to climb the steepest streets of Madrid without sweating, even on sultry summer days: More than 50,000 residents of the Spanish capital have signed up for a public electric bike share system.The city of some 3 million people launched its electric bike share system in June 2014 .While other European cities like London and Paris set up shared bicycles schemes earlier, Madrid is the first major city to offer a system that only uses electric bicycles.The city rents the bicycles from Spanish firm Bonopark, which since 2013 has supplied electric bicycles for a similar scheme in the northern Spanish city of San Sebastian.Madrid city hall has spent 535,000 euros to rent the bicycles from Bonopark since the bicycle sharing program was launched in June 2014 .The launch of the electrical bicycle sharing scheme has led to an increase in the use of bicycles in general in the city, despite the lack of cycle lanes.
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