The winners of Mobility Lab Helsinki’s smart bicycle parking open call chosen

Artikkelikuva: The winners of Mobility Lab Helsinki’s smart bicycle parking open call chosen

Mobility Lab Helsinki has chosen two companies for pilot projects that will study and test new solutions for secure bicycle parking and storage in an urban space as well as new methods to produce bicycle parking and usage data.

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Mobility Lab Helsinki, a joint project of Forum Virium and Business Helsinki, is seeking solutions for the piloting of new types of smart and secure bicycle parking services in cooperation with Metropolitan Area Transport Ltd.

The open call yielded a total of 22 offers. The total budget of the procurement was up to EUR 40,000.

“Improving the infrastructure for bicycle parking is essential for the promotion of cycling. Secure bicycle parking reduces thefts and, thus, contributes to increasing the number of active cyclists,” says Project Manager Jussi Knuuttila from Forum Virium Helsinki.

Pilot projects selected for implementation:

The costs of the pilot projects selected for implementation amount to EUR 36,400 in total.

  • Challenge 1: Collection of data on bicycle parking
  • MarshallAI, EUR 9,900, VAT 0%

The aim of MarshallAI’s pilot project is to help the City understand, maintain and assess the demand for and future needs of bicycle parking services. Parking is an essential part of everyone’s daily cycling routines, but, currently, little usage data is collected on bicycle parking. The pilot will make use of computer vision and video automation to allow anonymous real-time data to be collected on the use of bicycle parking facilities. The pilot will monitor the utilisation rate of bicycle parking facilities, bicycles parked at parking facilities for an extended period of time as well as the number of bicycle thefts or attempted thefts.

  • Challenge 2: Smart and secure bicycle parking
  • Bikeloop AS, EUR 26,500, VAT 0%

The Norwegian Bikeloop AS will participate in a pilot with its smart bicycle parking solution. The modular bicycle locker for eight bicycles is secure, and anyone can use an app to book a bicycle parking space for short-term or longer-term parking. The bicycle locker design takes special groups into account, and the lights and voice guidance make the locker accessible. The modular structure also allows the parking facility’s structures to be changed in the middle of the pilot by creating extra space for cargo bikes, for example.

Forum Virium Helsinki congratulates the winning companies! The pilot projects will run from June to the end of October.

Additional information: Eva Lodenius, Metropolitan Area Transport, eva.lodenius@kaupunkiliikenne.fi

Photo: Karolina Norteva

The Mobility Lab Helsinki project supports the testing of new traffic services and technologies in actual urban environments together with companies, the City, research facilities, and residents. The project is carried out by Forum Virium Helsinki and Business Helsinki.

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Project Manager Jussi Knuuttila

Jussi Knuuttila
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