Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Why protected bike lanes are more valuable than parking spaces



The 9th Avenue pilot.

'The parking protected lane'



retail sales went up 49%.

Needs to be reliable.

Count how many families use the.



Naturally I would argue that you don't have to give up space with elevated systems. I'm also voting to provide shelter to.


Monday, August 13, 2018

Why Isn't Cycling Normal in London?











A very eloquent and informative review of cycling in London. I think it makes every argument that we have made on the blog. My take-home notes on this are.









  1. We need to put cycle routes in where they are needed. 
    1. So we need tools to figure out where cycling is needed. 
    2. The failure of the Norman Foster scheme and Stevenage is that it's taking advantage whats avaiable not what is nessassasry. 
  2. I'm not sure about the push argument. 
    1. Naturally, with systems like the Shweeb ( cycle monorail) you can introduce huge capacity  where you need it. 
Well worth watching - Enjoy. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Things we need words for.

One of the things that is brought up n in this YouTube video is the idea that people have become part of the algorithm. We don't really have methods in Computer science or human computer interaction which really looks at the ecology of people and technology. As mentioned in the video below at an individual basis there isn't really a problem it's only when you look at the larger statistical process that there is an effect at the larger level. In human computer interaction we don't really seem to have systems processes and mechanisms which can understand the human-Technology process such that we can make intelligent design decisions ( which includes the decision not to build something ).



As far as I know we don't really have a word where are we consider algorithms where human beings are part of the system forming a loop. We do know that feedback systems are incredibly nonlinear I'm frequently non-stable. This clearly clearly formed an area in Future research.





Saturday, July 8, 2017

Exploring Drivers’ Attitudes and Behaviors toward Bicyclists: The Effect of Explicit and Implicit Attitudes on Self-Reported Safety Behaviors | Transportation Research and Education Center

Exploring Drivers’ Attitudes and Behaviors toward Bicyclists: The Effect of Explicit and Implicit Attitudes on Self-Reported Safety Behaviors | Transportation Research and Education Center



It's a complex read but basically, it suggests among other things



"Crashes between drivers and bicyclists are frequently attributed to a driver’s failure to see a bicyclist, due to inattention or "looked but failed to see (LBFTS)” (Wood et al., 2009), and there is ample evidence from psychology that “seeing” is not purely objective but is influenced by socially directed thoughts and beliefs." 



later 

"While the physical bodywork of a car essentially anonymizes drivers, bicyclists are visible in their variety of shapes, sizes, ages, gender, and “racialized bodies” (Urry, 2007, p.48). Drivers have shown bias in yielding behavior by the race, apparent disabled status, or age of a crossing pedestrian"

This pours cold water on the notion that car drivers will ever willingly 'share the road' safely with cyclists. Remember if you have 1000 good people and one bad one that's still enough danger to put enough people off cycling for good. 

While I'm still a big big big supporter of on road cycling I think it suggests that we won't get a significant shift without a big change in technology. Either from cycle monorails, ECLs  or possibly when self-driving-cars dominate the roads ( the machines can be legally enforced to drive safely near cyclists by having some test for software before release ).

 

Friday, July 7, 2017

What a driverless world could look like | Wanis Kabbaj



I like this talk because it argues for multi-dimensional cities ( such as you would get with elevated cycle lanes ).

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

China has the longest 7.6km cycle way in the world located in Xiamen!

China has the longest 7.6km cycle way in the world located in Xiamen!: China Has The Longest 7.6km Cycle Way In The World Located



The architecture firm which made this cycleway is Copenhagen based firm Dissing +Weitling. This company is known for the creation of Danish Bicycle Snake Cycle Route.



I like the idea I'm not sure it will be successful ( imagine a train or car which wiggled for no reason )