Two Wheels Forward
Global megatrends such as population urbanisation are significantly impacting societies around the world as the ever-growing urban city-scape becomes increasingly dense each year. This will have a massive impact on the future of both private and public transportation, particularly in already large cities. In the very near future, where private cars are an inconvenient option for many commuters due to general affordability and cost increases, major commute delays with traffic congestion and a demand for hard-to-come-by physical space, and public transport has reached a crucial point of significant overcrowding, the bicycle appears to be a viable alternative. Two Wheels Forward explores the context of this near future and how it could change to accommodate production, system and user needs.
Taking into consideration the various advantages and flaws of some of the bike share systems that are already in place around the world, this project aims to propose a re-design of the conventional, largely unchanged bicycle with a vast comprehension of applicable modern technologies, aesthetics and fabrication processes. The project also investigates how aspects of these bike share systems could be re-considered in order to address some of the common misconceptions about cycling that would currently deter many commuters from riding to work or school on a regular basis, including fitness, convenience and safety. Many of these issues concern the current design of public hire bicycles, however this project simultaneously investigates how service-related design could play a part in the re-consideration of a viable bike share system.