Micro Design

A series of tiny amendments to the typical urban landscape help it to be more suited to cyclists. These include the provision of thin ramps up stairways to enable people to push their bike up, tilted rubbish bins that assist the rider in disposing of items in motion, and footrests that give cyclists a place to perch whilst waiting at junctions. It is these small details that provide an extra level of ease and convenience to help the cyclist to feel prioritised, and not like an unwelcome intruder in the landscape.

 

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A positive example from Northbrook Birmingham, where wheeling ramps have been installed to assist cyclists on the canal / Image from http://smokingsheltersandwaitingshelters.blogspot.co.uk/

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No need for slowing down too much and aiming, these Danish bins help ensure a high hit ratio for cyclists disposing of rubbish in motion.

 

These footrests at junctions in Copenhagen are emblazoned with the message ‘Hej cyclist – Hvil foden her –og tak fordi du cykler’ which translates as ‘Hello cyclist - Rest your foot here -and thank you for cycling’ / Image from brooklynspoke.wordpress.com

These footrests at junctions in Copenhagen are emblazoned with the message ‘Hej cyclist – Hvil foden her –og tak fordi du cykler’ which translates as ‘Hello cyclist – Rest your foot here -and thank you for cycling’ / Image from brooklynspoke.wordpress.com

 

Bike ramps or rails up stairs to assist the cyclist get their bike from down to up or vice versa / Image from Jonathan Maus /Bike Portland

Bike ramps or rails up stairs to assist the cyclist get their bike from down to up or vice versa / Image from Jonathan Maus, Bike Portland