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




Study “Bikesharing in Spain: opportunities and challenges for a more sustainable urban mobility”

  • Carried out by Fifteen and Ipsos, the study presents all the keys to building a cycling policy linked to the mobility habits of Spaniards and their preferences regarding cycling and bike-sharing systems.
  • The study presents the views of current and potential users, analyses the challenges local councils face to increase the modal share of cycling, and offers the views of experts in the sector.
  • EIT Urban Mobility collaborates with the study, that was officially launched last month in October.

DOWNLOAD THE REPORT HERE (available in Spanish only)

Barcelona, November 2023 – Spain passed the Climate Change and Energy Transition Law in 2021, which sets out measures to facilitate active mobility in municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants. Cycling, particularly bike-sharing services, can accelerate the transition and change mobility patterns. But what do Spaniards say?

77% of Spaniards support public bike-sharing service in their city to encourage its use as a sustainable means of transport, according to the monographic study ‘Bicicleta compartida en España: oportunidades y retos para una movilidad urbana más sostenible’ (Bicycle sharing in Spain: opportunities and challenges for a more sustainable urban mobility), carried out by Fifteen and Ipsos.

The report describes that cycling is the preferred means of transport for 19% of citizens, with men being the most frequent users (59%), and explores the perception of cycling as a sustainable and healthy mobility model, with 89% believing it plays an essential role in reducing carbon emissions and 82% believing it plays a vital role in reducing traffic. 1,900 cases were analysed to write the study, concluding that cycling has become a standard means of transport for 19% of the Spanish population, while 51% say they use a bicycle on occasion and 33% cite not owning a bicycle as one of the reasons for not cycling.

Following on from the studies carried out by ConBici and Red de Ciudades por la Bicicleta (RCxB), this study is an essential tool to inform the decisions of policymakers and enable technicians and associations to convince them of the potential of bike sharing in their cities.