Honor for the bicycle park system manufacturer V-Locker as winner of the “Federal Ecodesign Award”
The Swiss company V-Locker is the winner of the renowned “Federal Ecodesign Award”. The international competition honours innovative products and services that are convincing from a sustainability and design point of view. In her speech at the award ceremony, Federal Environment Minister Steffi Lemke said: “The Eco Design Award should not be another marketing instrument, but a sign of quality.”
The jury’s statement praised the unique product as follows: “The Smart Bike Parking Tower guarantees safe storage for e-bikes or bicycles in public spaces. This makes travelling by bike and train much more attractive. The flexible façade design, the easy installation, the resource-saving production and the simple operation via app make the V-Locker not only useful for railway stations, but also for event venues such as stadiums, exhibition grounds or concert halls. With regard to the transport turnaround, this is a long overdue concept,” says the laudator Prof. em. Anna Berkenbusch.
Around 50 employees of the Federal Environment Agency assess the expected positive environmental impacts of the submitted projects. The evaluation matrix (https://bundespreis-ecodesign.de/de/wettbewerb/kriterien) allows the expert panel to take a holistic view and illustrates the main features of ecodesign. After passing the preliminary examination, the nine-member jury of experts can examine all submissions in the original in an exhibition. Afterwards, the jury meeting will award the nominees and award winners who demonstrate outstanding ecological quality, an innovative approach and a high design quality.
The V-Locker product design thus makes a sustainable infrastructure contribution on various levels. On the one hand, more people use bicycles in everyday life and travel longer distances if they find a safe place to park. On the other hand, V-Locker systems reduce the consumption of natural resources and the associated environmental impact compared to the construction of bicycle cellars.