2012 Newhouse project #20121633 | school bike shelter
- Collect Info Completed
- Brainstorm Ideas Completed
- Develop Solutions Completed
- Final Design Completed
What's the problem here? Getting started on your bike shelter design.
I believe a bike shelter would have a big impact in the environment around it. Although Chicago is greatly known for its transportation via CTA, I feel like if given the chance, students and other people would ride their bikes to school. The only reason why students aren’t doing so today is because they feel like if they leave it in the open, even if it’s locked, people will still find a way to steal it. I often see bikes missing seats, wheels, and just completely broken when they’re locked in public streets. With a bike shelter, I feel like students that commute to school by bike would feel safe storing it in a secure bike shelter. Not only does having a bike shelter help the environment by decreasing the use of fossil fuels but it also is a advantage to a person’s health. Biking does not cause ozone depletion, or emit deadly pollutants like cars. Also, it’s a great way to keep in shape because it’s great cardio, especially if a person is going to commute every day. With gas prices increasing tenfold, people would commute to places by bike if people know that there would be a secure place to store their bikes in. Another reason why a bike shelter would be great for the community is because there is a vast amount of bicycle commuters in the area. Chicago is one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the country.
How do you Collect Info for this step of the design process?
My work for the Collect Information step:
The majority of the answers from the general public that answered the survey questions were very different. About 53% of the people replied that they would use the bike shelter if Curie had one. Most of the people I asked were from Curie and some just bicycle fanatics. About 73% stated that they would feel comfortable leaving their bicycles at a bike shelter. Some were unsure because of the unwarranted security in such a space. One of the fifteen surveyors suggested that there should be supervisors or guards just there for safety. Most of the surveyors suggested that there should be showers, lockers, café, food court, a repair shop, and a gym. Entertainment should be provided if they are waiting on their bikes to be repaired. About 26% replied that bike shelter should serve the community. There were various answers to the amount of storage a bike shelter should have. Some suggested an immense number of 2000 and some as low as 30. I thought this was weird because sure, if you looked at the amount of population at our school and looked at the bike racks outside of Curie, you would notice that a small percentage actually use the bike racks. Maybe that’s what led them to believe that a bike shelter wouldn’t need much room. Many suggestions were very efficient to the purpose of finding how much the storage should charge. Some recommended that the storage should have a free month or so trial to see how secure it could be and the experience of it. Some recommended that they should provide a warranty, if the bikes were to be stolen. The recommended price range average for how much it should be daily is about 25 cents and monthly for 5 dollars.
How do you Brainstorm Ideas for this step of the design process?
My work for the Brainstorm Ideas step:
First, I went to google and looked up bike shelters to get a general idea of how to start sketching one. I found several prime examples that I also wanted to be a part of my bike shelter. The design was simple, but effective.
How do you Develop Solutions for this step of the design process?
My work for the Develop Solutions step:
My solution will be based upon the sketches that I have drawn. Although it's not exactly the same design, it's very similar. I altered it so that I could put some bike racks outside of the building under a roof so it's protected from rain and other weather conditions. This is so that people can store their bikes if they're in a hurry so they don't need to enter the building. Everything from the position of the rooms and what they would consist of have been thought through thoroughly.
How do you create a Final Design for this step of the design process?
My work for the Final Design step:
My bike shelter has all the essential aspects of a secure storage space that will hold bikes. Students will feel secure with this design because the bikes will be under observance from a security and the cash register. The shelter will include 12 floor mounted bike racks with 9 wall mounted bike racks. This will accomodate roughly 100 bikes to be stored. The bathroom and locker area will accomodate bike riders that need to shower themselves after a long day of biking. Lockers will provide users to have a secure experience while doing other things.