Architects Design Cardboard Carrier to Improve City Cycling
“There’s no denying that biking is one of the biggest trends in urban development right now, with many touting cycling as the solution to reducing pollution and congestion – not to mention its health benefits. As cities are focusing on what they can do to encourage cycling and make their streets bike-friendly, architects have played a critical role in ushering bikes into the city, designing everything from protected cycle lanes to elaborate elevated cycletracks. Yet after cycling in Vienna for eight years, two architecture students decided to take a different – and simpler – approach to improving biking conditions. Focusing on the often cumbersome task of trying to run errands while on a bike, Philipp Moherndl and Matthias Lechner have designed a lightweight, recyclable cardboard pannier that can seamlessly go from store to bike.
“Due to the mass appeal of the bike, conventional cycling accessories do not fit the lifestyle of many urban cyclists,” Moherndl and Lechner told ArchDaily. “The limited transport capacity of usual bicycles makes shopping difficult and inflexible. People often do their shopping spontaneously, on their way home or whilst cycling in the city. Therefore we wanted to come up with a more flexible solution: a multi-use bag for bicycles, which is low priced and environmentally-friendly.”
Ideally, the Packtasche would be provided as an alternative to plastic bags at store checkout. It can be folded quickly, filled with groceries or other purchases and then carried to the bike where it can go directly onto the rack, Lechner explained.
“Our main goal was to make cycling in the city even more practical and attractive than it already is,” Lechner said. “The Packtasche is our small contribution to make cycling more attractive to people and hence support sustainable urban mobility.”
The idea started when the two took part in an international idea’s competition on the topic “Cycling in the City.” “As the spontaneous transportation of groceries and other goods had always been a difficult task for cyclists, we decided to work on that particular problem,” Lechner said. “We designed the Packtasche as an easy-to-use transportation device both for cyclists and pedestrians. Besides the durability of the Packtasche on the bike, a smooth transition between carrying the bag and using it cycling was key in our development process.”.” from archdaily
“Sadik-Khan adopted a designer’s approach to urban innovation: rapid testing and regular iteration. In other words, try an idea to see if it would work; if it didn’t, try something else, no harm done. In Times Square, an iconic New York City location visited by 350,000 people every day, this involved the creation of pedestrian zones by painting the asphalt and putting up some lawn chairs. The success of the approach allowed her to create 50 pedestrian zones throughout the city, in the process repurposing 26 acres of space previously allocated to cars.
In 2013, she helped to introduce the instantly-popular Citi Bike bicycle-sharing program to the city, making New York one of the cycling capitals in the United States.” From TED
A walking/cycling school bus is a group of children walking/cycling to school with one or more adults. It is simple, and that’s part of the beauty of the walking school bus. It can be as informal as two families taking turns walking their children to school to as structured as a route with meeting points, a timetable and a regularly rotated schedule of trained volunteers.
Encourage physical activity by teaching children the skills to walk safely, how to identify safe routes to school, and the benefits of walking
Raise awareness of how walkable a community is and where improvements can be made
Raise concern for the environment
Reduce crime and take back neighborhoods for people on foot
Reduce traffic congestion, pollution, and speed near schools
Share valuable time with local community leaders, parents, and children
Gives them a chance to meet new friends and interact with old ones
Opportunities to identify intergenerational activities
The wider community can enjoy access to improved local
Engage communities around the walking / cycling stops
Support greater numbers of young people being involved in positive activity
“guiding cyclists through the dark dutmala tunnel in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, ‘transit mantra’ is an interactive sound and light sculpture designed by Amsterdam-based designers knol ontwerp. opened in august 2013, the symbiotic piece provides an improved sense of safety for people crossing through the tunnel. influenced by the history of eindhoven, a city fused by a cluster of former villages – its decentralized character is still apparent today when one passes through. based on the notion of ‘being in transit’, the swarm-like installation seeks to enhance this experience, offering a pleasant moment of reflection. when people move through the tunnel, the overhead sculpture reacts to the human movement. cleverly, it responds differently to an individual walking through versus a group of people on a bike – the velocity and number of passengers influences the behavior of the installation, leading to an ever-changing pattern of light and sound.”