Green roofs at bicycle parking facilities UMC Utrecht
- MobiRoof ECO
Near the entrance of the UMC Utrecht hospital, a new bicycle parking facility was built this year. The green roofs are fully covered with MobiRoof ECO sedum cassettes from Mobilane by Klaver Bicycle Parking. With this, the UMC contributes to a healthy life and a healthy society.
Green roofs at bicycle parking facilities for a healthy society
Applying a sedum roof to the new bicycle shed fitted perfectly with the hospital’s new objectives. Gerben Hofsté, Senior Account Manager at Klaver Bicylce Parking says: “Not only has the bicycle shed gained a beautiful appearance, but the MobiRoof ECO green roof also ensures cleaner air and a sense of well-being in the environment. It also offers practical benefits such as absorbing rainwater and lowering the ambient temperature on hot days. This also protects the bicycles better.”
A black roof can heat up to 70°C during hot summer days. A green roof keeps the temperature on the roof around 37°C. This ensures that the bicycles are always stored at an ideal temperature, which benefits tyre pressure. MobiRoof ECO is a ready-made green roof system with different species of Sedum. The cassette is made of recycled material and is fully recyclable. This reduces pressure on the environment and limits waste streams. The sedum is pre-cultivated locally with cuttings from our own nursery.
Natural experience green roofs of sedum
As an organisation, UMC Utrecht wants to contribute to a healthy life and a healthy society. Not only by reducing its own CO2 emissions or contributing to circularity, but also by creating a healthy environment. When the decision was made to build a new bicycle parking facility near the main entrance, this was one of the objectives. With the construction of the bicycle parking facility, UMC Utrecht demonstrates that it has a well-considered bicycle policy.
The location of the bicycle shed is perfect for a sedum roof. To reach the hospital entrance, most visitors walk across a footbridge towards the main entrance. From this walkway, the bicycle shed and thus the sedum roof can be clearly seen from above.
Hofsté says: “For the visitor experience, the green look of the bicycle shed is definitely positive. We have heard many positive noises from passing visitors. Views on a natural roof instead of steel roof panels are obviously much nicer.”
Craftsmanship by an official Mobilane Dealer
Klaver Bicycle Parking supplies many bicycle parking facilities around the world every year. The company has specialised in the bicycle parking component within the street furniture sector. Mobilane has worked with Klaver for many years. For both parties, the quality of materials and craftsmanship are of great importance. This is where the companies have found each other. Mobilane works exclusively with official dealers who can guarantee quality and Klaver only wants to work with equivalent suppliers. According to Klaver, the Mobiroof Eco is the best product on the market as a sedum roof solution for bicycle parking. “It gives our bicycle parking solutions an extra beautiful look, and practically speaking, the sedum cassettes are also quick and easy to install,” says Hofsté.