In our car-oriented city centre design, urban and traffic planners have to look for new solutions on every available square metre of space. In doing so, it is essential to promote environmentally friendly mobility for cyclists and pedestrians as well. WSM is making a contribution to this by becoming a partner in the VeloHUB initiative launched by the globally-active innovation consultancy and design company Designit. This initiative aims to make bicycle parking more attractive and enhanced with a variety of functions. Particularly in inner cities, the idea is to turn repurposed car parking spaces into versatile living spaces that are also aesthetically pleasing.
The modular VeloHUB concept offers bicycles a secure, covered and comfortable parking space. The basic module requires only ten square metres of ground space and can be expanded in many variations. Roof areas can be used for social meeting spaces, for example. Depending on the chosen design and the module used, recreational areas, areas for urban gardening or for micro-retail can be created simultaneously. In the VeloHUB cyclists will find charging stations for e-bikes and pedelecs and can repair their steeds on site with a repair kit.
All VeloHUB modules are designed in a modern, Scandinavian design. The German Design Council has honored the concept with an “ABC Award” in 2021. VeloHUB is currently nominated for the German Sustainability Award.
The positive aspects of traffic transformation
The initiative offers interested companies, municipalities and communities a free basic construction plan for the parking modules. The open-source approach is intended to make the VeloHUBs popular and thus advance traffic transformation in cities. The philosophy behind it is simple. Local communities can persuade the administration to convert vehicle parking spaces and at the same time adapt the new VeloHUBs to locally existing needs.
A first prototype of the VeloHUB will be presented to the public from September 7 to 12 as part of this year’s IAA Mobility in Munich and will then make guest appearances at various locations in Munich on a roadshow. WSM will be responsible for the production of the prototype and has incorporated the cumulative experience of over 60 years of metal system construction into the project.
One of the highlights of the prototype is the newly developed leaning parker for bicycles and cargo bikes, in which the IoTect lock from ABUS is integrated. This makes it possible to conveniently lock and secure bicycles via app. The necessary power is supplied by a solar module that is inserted into the post cap of the bicycle parking system and also feeds the lighting which provides accents.
The curious can already get an idea of the innovative and versatile parking solution on the initiative’s website with an augmented reality application.