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The City of Helsinki Puts an End to the Electric Scooter Season: Dubs Will Store Near 3000 EKS
The City of Helsinki Puts an End to the Electric Scooter Season: Dubs Will Store Near 3000 EKS

Today, Wednesday, November 22nd, marks the deadline the City of Helsinki has given to operators working in the city to collect all scooters from the streets, according to our insider sources at Bird Co. Dubs plays a crucial role in the hibernation plans of Bird Co., having partnered with them on a micromobility consulting project to store around 3000 EKS (Electric Kickstand Scooter). The exact number will be clarified as the hibernation progresses and all scooters are retrieved from the streets.

The notice from the City of Helsinki was received on Monday morning, November 20th. Collecting 3,000 scooters is a significant logistical challenge, as a single worker can typically collect about 10 EKS per hour. Therefore, gathering 3,000 scooters equates to approximately 300 man-hours over the span of three days, which amounts to roughly 100 hours per day.

We won’t say that we did not see this coming – we have been formulating hibernation plans since September! We are managing the hibernation of scooters for nine individual fleet managers in the Helsinki metropolitan area, requiring precise communication, logistics, and preparations.

During this photo, around 700 EKS had made their way inside the warehouse in Viikki.

The preparations for this massive project involved measuring, designing, and building a rack-plan — essentially, determining the optimal way to use custom-built wooden racks to store as many scooters as possible in a minimal amount of space. This detailed sketch of a plan was created to support the inflow of scooters, featuring a clear categorical split. It instructs operators to place scooters directly in their designated spots and also aids builders in constructing the racks in the correct locations.

The plan made before inblunding, subject to change.

Problems are inevitable when coordinating the steady inflow of 3,000 scooters within three days from nine different entities. The unpredictable nature of this task never fails to keep us engaged in this industry, which is a significant reason for our deep passion for it.

Once we have completed the inbounding process and analyzed what went right and what could have been improved, we will compile a case study – something to look forward to! After the inbounding phase is complete, we will commence stage 2 of the hibernation: the repair project. This will be the subject of another future case study, detailing how we managed to fix 1,000 scooters within three months (*knocks on wood*).

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