Bike Stop is a short bicycle parking system for London high street. We look into the bike lost situation in London and deicide to focus on providing a service that is balanced between parking convenience and bike security. Our field research not only includes interviewing direct users which are cyclists, but also putting in the opinions of other stakeholders, like shop owners, pedestrians. Even more, we also include local council, railing manufactories’ consideration. All their feedback is very valuable and deeply influences this project. In the end, we merge our service into “Transport for London” branding system in order to present the potential of Bike Stop project can truly be.
Design Against Bicycle Theft
Don’t give thieves and easy ride.
Statistically a bicycle is stolen every minute in the UK with less than 5% returned to their owners.10 Bike owners are more likely to have their bike stolen than motorcyclists are their motorbike, or car owners their car, indicating that cycle theft is easier or less risky than theft of other vehicles.11 The challenge is to change this situation: how can cycle security be improved, without compromising the ease and enjoyment of cycling? The aim is to design functional, attractive and secure cycles, anti-theft cycle accessories (locks), secure cycle parking (furniture and facilities) and anti-theft cycle schemes (e.g. registration schemes) to promote cycling.
When designing new products designers take on board, consciously or unconsciously, factors and issues which influence their decision-making process. These may be classified according to ‘models,’ through which we can gain a greater understanding of the design process, and the agendas behind it. This project is concerned with an analysis of and response to a system of use.
When considering a system of use, it is often beneficial to consider alongside this, a system of misuse and abuse. Taking a ‘sideways’ look at products from the point-of-view of a non-typical or undesirable user such as an adaptive criminal, gives great insight into ways of tackling crime through design.
Designers rarely take on board issues of crime prevention in the design of new products. Vulnerability of a product to crime, or to the criminal use to which a product might be put, are most often problems noticed in hindsight with a view to some sort of post-design fix. This is far from ideal.
A key skill that designers have is to make sense of the way people live and behave, and draw insights from those observations. This allows them to visualise radical ideas and solutions. In the same way they need to be able to anticipate and visualise the benefits and problems with particular systems – in this context, bike security, personal security, anti-social behaviour, access, property theft, vandalism – and what the appropriate design interventions might be to improve them.
You are asked to consider how design of cycling related products, infrastructure, schemes and services might contribute to reduced risk of cycle theft without compromising the ease and enjoyment of cycling and indeed make people want to cycle more!
You should address the needs of cyclists but also consider the roles, requirements and responses of other ‘actors’ relevant to your proposals. You could design a bike, a lock, a piece of cycle parking furniture, a parking environment, a combination of the above or some other innovative method of achieving the desired objective. Your solution may be ‘stand alone’ or somehow integrated into a larger system or strategy. Whilst you may submit developed proposals for one or more ‘items’ above, you should do so within the context of a broader system for use and explain this context within your submission.
The project webpage on the Design Directions website provides resources to help you highlight the important issues. You must refer to this in your research. You are asked to explore the topic from your own perspective and to address a specific context of your choice. So what do the people you observe currently do with their bikes? How, with a little creative insight, could you create something that would make their lives better, easier, more efficient, more enjoyable? Innovation often comes from the edge rather than the obvious routes and this is what your observations and action research should uncover.