Official opening of the secured E-bike storage
On Thursday, June 20, 2019, was solemnly put into operation in Grosuplje a new secured e-bike storage with solar panels on the roof and a management system named MUSE mojEkolo, which makes it easy to use the e-bike storage by application or by user card. E-bike storage is outcome of the successful cooperation of the Municipality of Grosuplje and the Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region (RRA LUR) within the European project MUSE and represents a novelty as the e-bike storage is a pilot.
The mayor of the Municipality of Grosuplje, dr. Peter Verlič, director of the municipal administration mag. Dušan Hočevar, director of the Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region mag. Lilijana Madjar, mayors of other municipalites of the Ljubljana urban region, municipal councilors from the Municipality of Grosuplje, director of Tourism Grosuplje Petra Zakrajšek and many other cycling lovers, especially those who support sustainable mobility, attended the solemn event.
At the opening, the gathered were first addressed by the mayor of the Municipality of Grosuplje, dr. Peter Verlič and Director of RRA LUR mag. Liliana Madjar, followed by a celebrated cross-section of the tape and already the first electric bike was driven to the new e-bike, where it was filled and safely stored.
The secured e-bike storage allows storing and filling up to 8 electric bikes. Each e-bike parking lot has its own entrance and its own direct-charge socket. Each door has a built-in electric lock on which a restriction access system is connected. Access to the e-bike box is possible with a mobile e-bike garage management application or a user card. The service – both storing and charging – is free, with a limited usage up to 12 hours.
The aim of the project is to encourage people to use e-bikes as forms of sustainable mobility and enable them to safely store their bike and at the same time fill it with renewable energy sources. The purpose is also to test and prepare an analysis / study, which, depending on the results of the measurements, will examine the situation and focus on the guidelines for the installation of such or similar e-bike storages (optimal location, panel strength according to the desired number of electric bikes, possible shuffle of technical specifications, possible outline of the new design) in other cities in the municipality and in the region. Setting an E-bike storage as a pilot project and further on expanding the network will help reduce traffic congestion, environmental pollution and noise, promote sustainable mobility and the usage of renewable energy sources.
The MUSE project brings together 6 partners, three Italian and three Slovenian, in order to increase the energy efficiency of the mobility of local public institutions in the cross-border area and reduce their CO2 emissions. The leading partner in the project is the University of Trieste, and RRA LUR is one of the Slovenian partners. The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund within the Interreg ITALIA – SLOVENIA program.
Photo: Peter Zakrajšek