The eCitySevilla alliance, formed by Seville City Council, the Andalusian Regional Government’s Departments of Finance – through the Andalusian Energy Agency – and Economic Transformation, the PCT Cartuja and Endesa, is launching its first challenge this May aimed at qualified companies or groups to develop a pilot project for secure bicycle parking with an attractive, technologically advanced design and a viable business model.

The aim is to encourage the support of innovative and entrepreneurial initiatives that can also contribute to the creation of a 100% sustainable and emission-free area in the Cartuja Science and Technology Park thanks to the complete transformation of the energy model in public spaces, private buildings and transport.聽 The deadline for submitting proposals will be open until 11 June (download the terms and conditions).

This challenge, which is carried out in collaboration with the Sevilla Futura platform as a public-private alliance for innovation and entrepreneurship, aims to develop a bicycle parking model with a capacity of approximately fifty units that are protected from the sun and rain, secure, with a space reserved for electric bicycles or scooters and with modular facilities that can be changed location.

In addition, the projects must have innovative and accessible technological applications and an economically viable business model. The company that manages to present the best initiative in this challenge promoted by eCitySevilla will be able to install a pilot project within the PCT Cartuja and will have both the dissemination of its project and support services for its subsequent business development.

This challenge envisages that, if the model works, it can be implemented in other parts of the PCT Cartuja and the city. To assess the best initiative, the rules of the call establish a scoring procedure that will take into account aspects such as the locations proposed for the pilot project, the surface area allocated to each bike, the design and aesthetics, quality and durability, functionality and innovation, energy generation capacity for self-consumption, the modular nature of the proposed solution, the ease of transfer to other locations and self-sufficiency in the management model.

Seville already has a large secure bicycle parking area located at the San Bernardo interchange and managed through the bicycle office of the Urban Planning and Environment Department. In addition, more than 10,000 parking spaces are distributed throughout the city and programmes have been launched for the installation of almost 2,000 units in public areas of private, institutional and school buildings.

This challenge, however, seeks new proposals for a smaller model that can be moved from one location to another and distributed throughout the city.

The challenge thus responds to the objectives established within the strategy developed by eCitySevilla for the PCT Cartuja; also to the Seville Bicycle Master Plan, which sets as priorities the implementation of safe and accessible bicycle parking points for users; and to the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan, pending approval with a firm commitment to pedestrian mobility, cycling and non-polluting vehicles in the city.

In fact, one of the objectives of this strategic plan to promote sustainable mobility is that two thirds of journeys should be made by public transport, on foot, by bicycle or by non-polluting means of transport in the city. Seville has 198 kilometres of cycle lanes distributed throughout the city and, according to the last count carried out in 2019, before the pandemic, around 64,000 journeys are made every day.

In terms of emissions, the transport sector (through the use of private vehicles) is the sector that weighs most heavily on cities, unlike the final energy sector. In this sense, the efforts of cities should be aimed at promoting sustainable mobility, among other alternatives, by encouraging the use of non-polluting transport, such as bicycles, which will enable the development of new green, healthy and pollution-free spaces. The aim of eCitySevilla with this challenge is to contribute to the fulfilment of these objectives.

Download here the terms and conditions to be considered for proposals.聽