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San Francisco Parklets: Public-Private-Partnership at its best

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What a glorious transformation to turn a parking spot into a cafe. Public Parklets, as seen in San Francisco, appear to be a great form of public-private-partnership (PPP). As part of its Pavement to Parks initiative, the city offers to adopt parking lots for conversion into places for people to linger, rest, interact,… Parklet hosts are often street side facing cafes or restaurants. Upon approval of the request, the host business pays a one time […]

Connected bike grips provide tactile feedback for navigation

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Ever tried to ride the bike finding your path by staring at your smartphone’s map app in one hand, the other hand trying to keep the bike on track? I keep being intrigued by ways to bring the real-time and location-based information potential of the smartphone into our physical environment to interact with, without having to use a (touch-)display as an interface. And this is a good example: bike handles that you simply mount onto […]

Public bike speedometer

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From the size of this device it is clear what people in Graz seem to believe to be the biggest speeding threat in town. The looming perennial question is: will this become the new go-to destination to measure speed records publicly? This interactive signage is positioned in what is a ‘shared street’ for both bikers and pedestrians only. Increasingly, in this particular street, fast bikers get i to conflict with not-so-fast pedestrians, with both getting […]