Heraklion launches project pilots to boost sustainable mobility in the city

  • Implemented by EIT Urban Mobility, the aim of the project is the pilot operation for six months (until Easter 2024) of 13 automated and secure parking stations (two different types)
  • The initiative promises to redefine the urban landscape and improve the quality of life for Heraklion residents
  • The kick-off event of the project was held last 3 December in an open event to present the solution to the citizenship

The Greek city of Heraklion launched the project pilot of #ChallengeMyCity looking to improve the accessibility and sustainability of its urban mobility ecosystem by creating micromobility hubs through secure bicycle parking and controlling parking spaces for persons with reduced mobility (PRM) and logistics.

 

The Department of Traffic & Communications of the Directorate of Technical Projects & Meleton decided to implement the project that is part of its wider policy (safe bike racks, bike paths, etc.) to strengthen the use of the bicycles as a means of movement and to reduce traffic in the context of Heraklion’s Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan.

The project aims to elevate active mobility, focusing on micromobility and bike mobility. The objective is to deploy secure and sustainable bike and kick-scooter parking infrastructure at strategically selected points throughout the city. These hubs, featuring a flexible modular design accommodating 4 to 10 bicycles and e-bikes, cater to both spontaneous parking and charging requirements for registered users. These infrastructure enhancements are envisioned to enhance the overall quality of life for Heraklion’s residents, contribute meaningfully to climate change mitigation efforts, and foster a more robust and dependable urban mobility sector. Two innovative solution providers have been selected for funding in this project:

  • Rastel.io will deliver 10 units to be installed outside the old town. These smart and secure bike parking hubs come equipped with e-bike charging capabilities and can be accessed through the Rastel.io mobile app.

  • DonCicleto will provide 3 units to be installed in the old town. The Bikehangar, their modular and scalable bike and scooter parking solution, offers protection against vandalism, inclement weather, and theft.

Read the press release here