The Canadian company Bewegen Technologies Inc. has been successful in the public procurement for Tartu’s bicycle sharing system. In addition, Terasteenus OÜ was selected for the design and construction of the bicycle sharing system’s parking areas. In total, the Tartu City Government provided almost 3 million Euros for the realisation of this project.
Tartu City Government nominated the tender submitted by Elektritransport OÜ as the winner, thus providing funding for the cost of purchasing and installing electric car rapid chargers.
In the Spanish Lighthouse City Vitoria-Gasteiz, SmartEnCity targets the thermal retrofitting of Coronación Neighbourhood, built in the 50s. The action aims at improving the quality of life of the neighbours and the comfort levels inside the dwellings, while reducing energy bills and carbon dioxide emissions. The project is now at the execution stage, and the early adopter communities are awaiting the initiation of the retrofitting works.
On Saturday 5th May 2018 ProjectZero in collaboration with Sonderborg Municipality hosted the smart mobility event “Meet a Green Vehicle” where citizens were able to test drive and experience a broad range of zero carbon vehicles.
For a while now, the Danish SmartEnCity cluster of energy cities (Sønderborg, Ringkøbing-Skjern, Skive, Horsens, Frederikshavn, Høje Taastrup and Middelfart) has been working together in tackling climate change issues. Following their previous two meetings in Middelfart municipality, they now met for another round of discussions, learning experiences and integrated energy planning strategies in Ringkøbing-Skjern municipality.
Tartu’s new bike sharing system will consist of 600 to 800 rental bikes and 60 to 80 docks and stations throughout the city. The aim is to integrate bike sharing into the public transportation system of Tartu to form a functional, complementary whole. The international tender for finding bicycles for Tartu bike sharing received four offers out of which three will present their assessments during public technology demos on 26th April, 2nd and 4th May.
VISESA is currently carrying out promotional tours for the neighbours of Coronación District in order to demonstrate the different interventions that are also planned for Coronación District within the framework of SmartEnCity Project.
On 12 April 2018, SmartEnCity and the representatives of the other eleven Horizon 2020 SCC1 smart city projects (such as Triangulum, mySmartLife, IRIS, Stardust, ...) met in Lisbon during the Portugal Smart City Summit to sign a manifesto of cooperation. The manifesto is an agreement between cities to significantly change the smart city market place. The signing took place during a day full of workshops where the 76 cities from all over Europe discussed their progress in enhancing energy efficiency and collaborating with the private sector to create models for doing business that will perpetuate and multiply the effects of the EU’s investment.
Vitoria-Gasteiz is still busy with getting people involved in the SmartEnCity project activities. Past Saturday, April 21st, VISESA carried out one of the last information events within the adhesion period whose deadline is coming to an end May 31st.
"What does SmartEnCity stand for?", "What is happening within our neighbourhood?" and "What does this mean for us inhabitants?" These and other questions were raised during a one-hour radio programme, produced by a group of senior citizens. VISESA’s architect Oskar Bell was invited by “La Mirilla” Radio Show from “Siberia FM” Radio Station to explain SmartEnCity project in detail.