Participative methods for eBike infrastructure building in the Karlsruhe region with focus on energy issues

Thematic field: ENER - Energy


The Karlsruhe pilot is embedded in the context of the German energy transition with special focus on the use of distributed renewable energy sources and on the concept of ‘prosumer’ (merging of the roles producer and consumer in the energy system), focusing the increase of citizens’ participation in local infrastructure building and energy awareness. Thereby the role of citizens empowerment in the decision making process towards renewable energy development, rational energy production, use and storage will be at the core of the pilot. This covers e.g. the combination of the design of a specific charging infrastructure with the use of renewable generated electricity for eBikes in the urban area. Pursuing the pilot’s goal of implementing and evaluating participatory methods in urban innovation processes, two different participatory methods will be used in order to actively involve citizens in the discussion process: Public Participation Geo Information System (PPGIS) and Future Workshop.


Key actor in the pilot is the Municipality of Karlsruhe, since the offices of the city are responsible and authorized for e.g. the planning of bicycle tracks or the charging stations infrastructure. Furthermore, the municipality is the main interface for the pilot project team regarding the contact to the citizenry.


The Karlsruhe pilot is embedded in the celebrations for the 200th birthday of the bicycle invention (Carl Drais invented the bicycle in Karlsruhe in 1817). At the event ‘FahrradFestival’ at the end of May 2017, the pilot team will contact the citizens for participating in a first testing phase of the participative method ‘PPGIS’ (Public Participation-Geo Information System) and for recruiting participants for the second participative method “Future Workshop” planned in September 2017. Afterwards, citizens can further test the PPGIS online in June and July 2017 and contribute to the further development of this method. By participating in the Future Workshop in September, citizens are invited to discuss the situation of eBike usage in Karlsruhe, especially regarding energy-related issues, with representatives from the municipality and relevant local economy. Both the possibility for test usage of the PPGIS and the invitation to the Future Workshop will be announced by the communication channels of the pilot team partners (websites, newsletters) as well as by the municipality (website, newsletter, PR).


  • Citizenry of Karlsruhe: any citizen interested to contribute actively to the energy transition on the city level and being potentially able to support the development of the eBike infrastructure as an eBike user, an individual electricity producer or playing both roles – as a prosumer.
  • Local economy of Karlsruhe, on the one hand linked to the energy and bike infrastructure, on the other hand (potential) users of the eBike infrastructure.
  • Municipality of Karlsruhe, especially Town Planning Office, Office for Urban Development, Economic Development Department.
  •  Representatives of scientific institutions located in the Municipality of Karlsruhe (KIT, EIFER, ITAS, Karlshochschule) supporting the pilot in different ways.