Top QA events in 2022: Quarter 4 Ultimate Guide

In this interview, Jonathan Pass, COO of Magic Mountain, will look back on the journey the Magic Mountain team has taken to be where they’re right now. He talks about the product concept, what works and what doesn’t, where the fitness app development is headed, and shares a ton of other valuable insights. So stay tuned!

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Our Redwerk team continues the series of tech talks on sustainable tech development. It happened so that we’ve been lucky to work with one more green startup. In our previous interview, we featured Kooky, Switzerland’s number one intelligent reusable cup system. This time we talk about the multi-billion micromobility market, its challenges, and innovative sustainable transport concepts.

  • Eco-friendly city policies. The imminence of climate change and associated consequences prompts city councils to develop sustainable transport infrastructures and promote green transport. For example, Milan plans to free up 35 kilometers of streets previously occupied by cars for pedestrians and cyclists. This trend is further supported by Paris, Brussels, Seattle, and Montreal, which also plan to convert some car lanes into cycle paths.
  • Shift in consumer priorities. The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us to maintain social distancing and pay closer attention to our hygiene. The latter are quite difficult to achieve with public transport, so many people switched to micromobility solutions – bikes, e-bikes, and e-scooters.
  1. Eco-friendly city policies. The imminence of climate change and associated consequences prompts city councils to develop sustainable transport infrastructures and promote green transport. For example, Milan plans to free up 35 kilometers of streets previously occupied by cars for pedestrians and cyclists. This trend is further supported by Paris, Brussels, Seattle, and Montreal, which also plan to convert some car lanes into cycle paths.
  2. Shift in consumer priorities. The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us to maintain social distancing and pay closer attention to our hygiene. The latter are quite difficult to achieve with public transport, so many people switched to micromobility solutions – bikes, e-bikes, and e-scooters.

While a steady increase in the popularity of micromobility vehicles is definitely positive news, there arises another challenge – the unpreparedness of city infrastructures to handle this new user demand, especially when it comes to parking. Let’s dive deeper into this issue and explore existing and emerging solutions in this regard.

Micromobility Is on the Rise!

The micromobility market is successfully recovering from the 2020 pandemic hit and is expected to continue its rapid growth in the coming years.

Source: Statista

- Please introduce yourself.

-My name is Walter Zahn, and I’m the founder of My Bike Valet. Actually, I’m from Germany, and I moved to the US in 2000. By trade, I’m a mechanical engineer but always worked in IT and consulting, and consulting is what brought me to the US from Germany. So I did about 10-plus years of SAP consulting. And then, around 2004, I set up my own consulting boutique in the US to serve the midsize companies that move away from SAP consulting. And then, in about late 2017, I started to get first ideas around what today is My Bike Valet.

Tell us about My Bike Valet. What is your mission?

In a nutshell – peace of mind, let us watch over your bike! So the phrase “valet parking” in the US means that when you go for dinner at a restaurant, pre-pandemic, of course, then you would hand over your car to a parking attendant, and that’s what is called valet parking in the US. And we want to implement a similar concept around bicycles, so you hand over your bike not to a parking attendant but to our system, which stores it away safely. And when you come out, you retrieve your bike, so the bike is brought to you safely. Again, it’s still there, nicely organized, well watched over. So it’s really peace of mind, let us watch over your bike – that’s our mission.

Top QA events in 2022: Quarter 4 Ultimate Guide
Top QA events in 2022: Quarter 4 Ultimate Guide
This is how effortless bike parking is with My Bike Valet’s Gated System

Summing Up

The micromobility market keeps growing, creating new opportunities for businesses capable of putting citizen needs first and designing modern, convenient, and eco-friendly solutions. My Bike Valet aims to simplify cycling and turn the whole experience into an effortless journey. Bike parking takes an important place in that journey, and it doesn’t have to be a pain in the neck. With innovative bike parking systems like My Bike Valet, million-person cities have a real chance to make a change and finally breathe some fresh air.

Future of Bike Parking: My Bike Valet Project

The most prominent issue with bike parking is, of course, the lack of parking spots. If we take New York, for example, the city offers only 56K parking spots for 1.6 mln cyclists. As a result, the rest of the riders have to improvise and tie their bikes to street signs, trees, fences, or gates. The latter mode of parking is a serious problem: it violates the city law, clutters public spaces, and increases the chance of bike theft.

Another challenge is that the existing bike parking options are not only scarce but also inconvenient, insecure, and not adapted to parking e-bikes. There is a dire need to develop modern bike parking solutions that cater to diverse riders and are user-friendly enough to reach broad adoption. Here is where players like My Bike Valet come to the fore.

Founded by an engineer by trade and a cyclist by passion, My Bike Valet has truly reimagined how cities should do bike parking. Its patent-pending bike parking system is space-efficient, unlocked with an app or RFID card, and secure enough to leave your helmet or light backpack along with your bike. It also offers built-in charging spots for e-bikes and steel cables to lock bike frames and wheels. Check out all the use cases here.

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The most prominent issue with bike parking is, of course, the lack of parking spots. If we take New York, for example, the city offers only 56K parking spots for 1.6 mln cyclists. As a result, the rest of the riders have to improvise and tie their bikes to street signs, trees, fences, or gates. The latter mode of parking is a serious problem: it violates the city law, clutters public spaces, and increases the chance of bike theft.

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