2 WHEELS 1 TRIP (2019)

Enhancing the use of bicycles on public transportation

Together with the master students of IED Design School, we designed a range of ideas to facilitate the use and integration of bicycles within the public transport network.

 
 

THE START

How should public transport be adapted when the base measure for moving about is not walking, but cycling?

 
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Public transport is designed mainly for pedestrians. Research shows that the willingness to walk to a station or bus stop averages only about 600 meters. Because of that, most public transport has very frequent stops and relatively low speed. This drastically limits the functionality of public transport in the mobility chain.

Worldwide, an increasing group of commuters relies on their bicycles in combination with public transport to move more efficiently, increasing their range quite a bit. Allas, most public modes are not suited to take your bicycle on board. So what can happen when the base measure for moving about is not walking, but cycling?

 
 

WHAT WE DID

We made the design brief, and extensively supervised and guided the student project in collaboration with IED.

 

2 Wheels 1 Trip is the project that comes from the collaboration between the Master in Transportation Design of the Turin office of the European Institute of Design and Granstudio. We asked second-year master's students to work on the issue of public mobility for 2025 with the aim of researching and developing new transport systems that facilitate movement and use of bicycles. The reference target is commuters, a group that increasingly chooses the bicycle as a means of transport for the journey to and from work, often integrating it with the use of train, metro or bus.

Twenty-one students in the second year of the master worked both on the design of a vehicle and on the external infrastructures, focusing on adaptability and ease of moving and rethinking the interiors of public transport with particular attention to commuters and their bicycles.

New scenarios were born for six urban areas with different characteristics and needs - Barcelona, Chennai, Guangzhou, London, Beijing, Randstad - six innovative solutions for citizens with low environmental impact, respecting a design culture at the service of the individual and society of which IED promotes teaching and spreading design as a tool for social, cultural and economic transformation.

 

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