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City of Copenhagen Launches Global Call to Pilot Future Bicycle Technologies

(PRWEB) July 14, 2010

Today, Living Labs Global and the City of Copenhagen are launching a call for innovative mobility solutions to integrate bicycles into the intelligent and integrated transport system for the city. Already today, more than 55% of residents in Copenhagen use the bicycle daily, creating opportunities for new applications of IT in entertainment and safety, but also to address the several barriers that continue to exist between the excellent public transport system and bicycle uses.

Jointly with the City of Barcelona and Living Labs Global, Copenhagen will host the “Copenhagen | Barcelona Summit on Service Innovation in Cities” on November 24/25, 2010 (www.amiando.com/livinglabsglobalcopenhagen), at which 30 global cities and over 100 companies will attend. The City of Copenhagen is therefore inviting companies and organisations from around the world to present their solutions for a pilot to evaluate the impact of new systems, policies, technologies or planning tools to achieve the goal of an attractive and fully integrated inter-modal transport system, incorporating the large percentage of bicycle usage.

Copenhagen will choose three solutions to be implemented as pilots in November, which should meet any of the following challenges:

1. Smarter bike paths that indicate dangers such as frost, indicate congestion or incorporate sensors to monitor activities and respond to usage needs and link to traffic light systems offering green waves for cyclists.

2. Technologies in bicycles such as health sensors, location information, theft protection, entertainment and fitness monitors that can be applied for entertainment, wellbeing, security and other purposes.

3. Mobile services that link bicycles and riders to social networks, provide news and updates, to pre-book bikes or reserve parking, to plan routes and other activities.

4. Integration of bicycle rides with other modes of public transport to give more inter-modal options for commuters.

5. Improved bicycle parking around key intersections and meeting points.

6. Improved health and well-being monitoring and impact of bicycles in the city.

7. Improved security and safety in relation to bicycles?

8. Bicycles that replace “service vehicles” for craftsmen in the inner city.

9. Services to support bicycle tourism.

Solutions can participate at no cost by simply submitting a Showcase about their solution at www.livinglabs-global.com/showcase/ShowcaseSubmit.aspx

About Copenhagen – www.kk.dk

The City of Copenhagen, host of the COP15 Climate Summit in 2009, has one of the world’s most ambitious local climate policies, striving to become a zero-emission community by the year 2025. To achieve this commitment, the city already has put several measures and lines of investment into motion, actively collaborating with companies and technology experts.

About Living Labs Global – www.livinglabs-global.com

Living Labs Global is a non-profit association based in Copenhagen, Denmark working with more than 35 global cities and 290 companies providing solutions to meet the service and technology challenges of cities. The Living Labs Global Showcase presents more than 350 service innovations from 140 cities around the world as a free resource to improve decision-making, procurement and give visibility to innovative businesses.

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