Key points of the project
|Status||In Operation and undergoing expansion|
|Objective||Enhanced quality of life thanks to electromobility|
|Project start||Trial operation 2012|
|Stations||3 stations (15 planned)|
|No. of bikes||12 Pedelecs (75 planned)|
|Tariff model||Currently unavailable|
|Operator model||e-Mobilisiert GmbH (a consortium consisting of Bewag, the city of Eisenstadt and Raiffeisen Leasing)|
|Terrain||Rural area - slightly hilly|
docking station: SAFE
"Electromobility is the topic of the future for towns and cities." The use of electric vehicles is an important step towards even higher quality of life in our city. With the Eisenstadt e-mobilisiert project, we are building on our strong position in the field of e-mobility and bringing innovation onto the streets,” says the Mayor of Eisenstadt, Thomas Steiner, with conviction.
Eisenstadt is one of eight e-mobility model regions in Austria. Within these model regions, empirical reports are collected and evaluated with a view to a large-scale market launch of e-mobility.
One of the central points of the “Eisenstadt e-mobilisiert” project is the introduction of a fully-automatic bike-sharing system for Pedelecs. This is principally intended to promote mobility amongst Eisenstadt's residents and inbound commuters.
At the start of 2011, a selected group of users was granted access to the bike-sharing system. 6 Pedelecs were installed at two sites, namely at BEWAG offices and at the Cathedral Square as part of a trial.
Using journey protocols that are provided by the central back office system, it was possible to evaluate experiences with the e-mobilisiert project and collect some initial important findings that will be of use for further expansion.
A terminal is provided at each location. In order to be able to hire Pedelecs and remove them from the rack, users must identify themselves with their citizen card. The rack is used to lock the bike and charge it - this takes place fully automatically. During the final stage of expansion, it will also be possible to reserve Pedelecs via a website or by telephone.
The Roadrunner bikes, with 275 Watts of power, were developed specially for use in bike-sharing systems and have a range of 60 kilometres. The frame is characterised by its unusual design, which immediately met with a positive response from users. Thanks to the low centre of gravity, the bike is extremely easy to ride. The bike is not specifically tailored to either men or women. Areas on the luggage rack or basket can be used for advertising. The steel frame is extremely robust and specially designed to cope with the stresses to which a shared bike is subjected.
Activating citizen cards at the mobility centre
Any citizens interested can immediately participate in the trial run free of charge. Those participating in the trial are asked to share their experiences so as to help the project team improve the system even further.
The citizen card can be activated at the mobility centre by producing a valid identification document.
Electricity from renewable energy
"In the Burgenland region, e-mobility makes particular sense," explains Reinhard Schweifer, Chairman of the Board of BEWAG. "Electricity generated from wind energy is the cleanest propulsive force you could imagine – that's the mobility of the future!"
With the commissioning of a third hire station in the courtyard of Eisenstadt's town hall, the trial run is now entering the next phase.