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THE INTERMODAL BIKE - Multi-modal integration of cycling mobility through product and process innovations in bicycle design

Objective

Goals • Object of this work is to provide -by means of product and process innovations- an advanced compactable bicycle, making it practical to carry along a bicycle aboard public transportation, easily, safely and for a large number of passengers. The ultimate goal is a synergic, intermodal integration of public transport and cycling, expanding the share of both modalities in the urban mobility. Drivers • Bicycling, very efficient in the short range, but not so on longer distances, could be re-introduced into daily travel to handle the trip’s end portions, enhancing the effectiveness of other modalities through an additive effect, re-balancing in a cost-effective way the modal mix in favor of micro-mobility and public transport. The state of the art doesn’t allow a collective, pervasive use of the folding bikes in “intermodal duty”, because of excessive weight and volume when collapsed -often exceeding the baggage limits of city bus and metros- discouraging their use out of practicality and safety on board. • The proposed research aims at providing a solution developing a fully engineered, production-ready, new bike typology, based on an innovative concept for a bike frame already tested on mock-ups and working models. The advantage over the state of the art is an unprecedented compactness (factor 6 over common folders) and low weight (factor 3) obtained combining a collapsible, pre-tensioned space-frame with a modern industrial process centered on the use of contemporary engineering plastics. The process innovation will also allow low cost, quality control, opening-closing automation, electric power assistance and last, but not least in a design-conscious world, aestethic value. The work program will develop a new supply-chain, assembling several application-specific know-how modules of mature and well known technologies, all commonly and economically available. • Both direct, project-specific, and extended, broadly applicable results are expected.

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2008-RTD-1
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Coordinator

TRILIX SRL
Address
Largo Francia 114
CAP 10100 Torino
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 396 700
Administrative Contact
Bryn Jones (Mr.)

Participants (6)

TICONA GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 7 500
Address
Professor-staudinger-strasse
65451 Klesterbach
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jürgen Hess (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 120 800
Address
Piazza San Marco 4
50121 Florence
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rina Nigro (Ms.)
Tecnologie Urbane SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 607 400
Address
Via Alessandro Volta 17
20121 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alessandro Belli (Mr.)
maxon motor ag
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 304 600
Address
Brünigstrasse 220
6072 Sachseln
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Franco Ermacora (Mr.)
ATAF SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 72 000
Address
Viale Dei Mille 115
50131 Firenze
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stefano Rossi (Mr.)
JAVNO PODJETJE LJUBLJANSKI POTNISKIPROMET DOO
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 72 000
Address
Celovska Cesta 160
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jošt šmajdek (Mr.)