Bad bike racks are suppressing bike friendliness in our cities. It's time to improve bike parking
After being forced to lock my bike to one too many stop signs and/or saplings, I decided to explore the public bike racks in my city. Knowing that decent bik...
🏫 University: Bicycle parking in the basement 🚉 Train station: Bicycle parking right on the way to the tracks (no time lost compared to walking) - major stations have guarded parking with repair centres / water refill / toilets etc. 🌇 City center: Guarded parking in the city center. No parking, neither for bicycles or cars right in front of stores to maintain walkability 🏖 Beach: Bicycle parking right at the beach - cars don't get to the nice spots. 🏪 Supermarket: Yes, bicyclists can park right in the front. Most people have front carriers, so they can do grocery shopping by bike, drop it in the crate and leave. It needs to be end to end - and it needs to be well connected. Just, you know, same infrastructure as there is for cars - At least.
All men are created equal
(... and so are cyclists and pedestrians?)
Well, road infrastructure all around the world tells us a different story.
Over the years, I've spent a lot of time looking at things more holistically. Especially in UX research, I've noticed how much influence living in a bubble can have on you and your research. Bias is something that I therefore always wanted to prevent.
Over the years, car companies came up with several solution such as "keyless go", you see more and more embedded entertainment to the car - and this is required.
Drivers spend more and more time im traffic and the more technology there is embedded in a car, the more pleasant the journey is remembered. The more people get distracted from reflecting on the actual situation.
User Experience Mapping | BicycleUX
WHAT: Geographic and visual representation of a person's experience riding a bike on a given route made by the person her/himself. WHY: Get firsthand insight into a person's experiences and a specific breakdown of pain points and positive aspects of the ride. Identify specific points on street and route to build off or improve on.
Designing a Bicycle User Experience
DESIGNING A BICYCLE USER EXPERIENCE READY TO THINK MORE DEEPLY ABOUT PEOPLE? To make streets for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, the planning conversation needs to shift from infrastructure jargon to the experience everyday people have while riding bikes on this infrastructure.