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Helsinki bike-share scheme to use AI

City aims to increase the number of journeys taken by bicycle from 10 per cent to 15 per cent by 2020

Helsinki is one of the top cities internationally for cycling
Helsinki is one of the top cities internationally for cycling

Urban transport operator, Moventia, and CityBike Finland have partnered with bike-share scheme management solutions provider, Stage Intelligence, to deploy its BICO artificial intelligence (AI) platform in Helsinki’s bike-share scheme


Stage specialises in developing, training and deploying AI technology to optimise the management and operations of bike-share schemes globally while CityBike Finland is the bike-share operator for the city.


Helsinki CityBike has gone live with Stage’s AI management platform and is using it to drive usability of its 2,000 plus fleet of bikes and increase ridership for the new season of bike-sharing.


“We are excited to go live with CityBike and its partners to transform how over 600,000 Helsinki residents experience bike-sharing every day,” said Tom Nutley, head of operations at Stage Intelligence.


“Over 96 per cent of its residents have a positive attitude towards cycling and we’re proud to be using city data and AI to get even more people cycling through optimised and efficient bike-share.”


Helsinki is one of the top cities internationally for cycling with around six journeys a day made by bike, according to the City of Helsinki’s Bicycle Account 2017 report. By 2020, it’s aiming to increase the number of journeys taken by bicycle from 10 per cent to 15 per cent.


“Cycling is quite often the fastest and most comfortable way to travel in Helsinki and the city has built quite a strong culture around it. The residents love cycling, and we want to get more people on two wheels and using the city’s extensive public transport methods,” added Jordi Cabañas, general manager of the bike-sharing division at Moventia.


“We chose Stage Intelligence because it understands the city and has strong processes that can help us achieve our ambitious goals in making bike-sharing more accessible and attractive to all citizens of Helsinki.”


With population figures expected to reach 860,000 people by 2050, city officials and planners are focused on getting more of its residents cycling. Helsinki CityBike said it has been at the heart of promoting the city’s cycling efforts.


Stage’s management platform solution is currently deployed in bike-share schemes including Divvy Bikes in Chicago and MIBICI in Guadalajara with more deployments anticipated in the near future.


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