Enhancing the use of bicycles beyond the urban scale
The Cyclomatic is a new mobility service that works as a ‘tapis roulant’ for bicycles. It allows to cover greater distances and provide shelter when weather conditions are bad.
How we can enhance cycling in less than ideal conditions?
Cycling is becoming increasingly popular. It’s sustainable, healthy an often faster than other means of transport.
But what if you like cycling to work, but the distance is too long to ride comfortably on a daily base? What if you want to enjoy a riverside picnic with your kids, but the smallest one is already tired after pedalling 2 kilometres? What if there’s a long stretch of dangerous road on your bike journey? Or sometimes cycling is not our number one choice for the entire stretch. But should that mean we cannot bike at all?
How we can enable cycling also in those less than ideal conditions?
WHAT WE DID
As part of our ongoing research in new mobility solutions, we defined the concept of the Cyclomatic. A first design was made for visualisation purposes.
DEFINE : After having studied a couple of concrete cases, we created a future framework for bicycle culture and drew several user scenarios to get deep insights about concrete desires and thresholds for (wannabe) cyclists. The derived guidelines for a new type of vehicle and complementary infrastructure were translated into a concept. We hereby also analysed ideal distances, frequencies, and speed.
DESIGN: Based on the project definition, we designed a concept study for a new mobility service based on a new autonomous vehicle category. One of the key aspects is the effortless transition (both functionally and emotionally) between biking and using the vehicle. Boarding and disembarking is incredibly easy: just cycle on it from one side and ride off from the other side. Passengers can remain seated on their bikes for an even more continuous experience. The design is mimetic and integrates perfectly with the stations that are designed as pit-stop bars and show how many cyclists the next ferry can fit.
DEVELOP: The project is currently being further developed based on specific applications.
One of the most important aspects in designing multimodal mobility solutions is to maintain fluidity over the entire journey. Furthermore, a “bicycle enabler” like we designed should never impose a single available option. Seasoned cyclists might prefer to pedal the stretch under all circumstances, but that’s just fine. For all others, the Cycling Ferry might be that little push needed to get out on that steel steed!
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