Flex Bicycles


In 2014, the City of Groningen changed from a branched service structure to a central organization and the Shared Services Centre (SSC) was founded. This creates more space for flex working, but these new developments also increase employee commutes between City office buildings. More bicycle commutes are necessary to facilitate people working in teams in other buildings. The current bicycle loan system (online reservation, picking up keys at the reception and handing them in before 6 pm) is no longer sufficient. There are currently 150 bikes, 25 of which e-bikes (those do not necessarily have to be utilized).

The challenge for startups

Develop a solution that allows employees to have a well functioning bicycle at their disposal at any given time and location.


– Preferably bikes can be handed in at a different location than where they were picked up.
– We use a work experience placement for bicycle repairs.
– Location Services cannot provide extra space to accommodate the solution.

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