Bicycling information systems for bikeways
I've written about ideas to create community information networks--digital (see item #10, here, "PL #5: Creating a Silver Spring "Sustainable Mobility District" | Part 3: Program items 10-18 ) and analog--at the city and sub-city scale.
And I've suggested that bicycle route signage use branding and identity systems (see also the Better Bikeways signage project by Joseph Prichard and "Greater Knoxville Greenway signage project"), including map signage and signs with URLs/contact information for bikeway planning.
Dealing currently with the creation of cycletrack infrastructure in the Greater Takoma area because I sit on the neighborhood "Public Works and Infrastructure" Committee, I have been thinking about incorporating (1) community information boards; (2) murals; and (3) underpass lighting as part of the planning and construction process.
There is a community information board (and a Little Free Library) at the Rhode Island Metrorail Station "trailhead" on the Metropolitan Branch Trail, and a neighborhood association occasionally posts yard sign meeting notices at the R Street "trailhead," but these are exceptions.
I think this is the only bulletin board placed on a DC bike trail.
This weekend I noticed that the "Bike to the Beach" fundraising event posted signs promoting the event on various trails and cycletracks throughout the city. I thought that was pretty smart, a well-targeted way to reach potential participants.
It reinforced the idea of the need for more systematic delivery of cycling-related information along bikeways, besides counters, and maybe digital information systems can be integrated into bike counter kiosks as one method.
A feed could be created as part of local and metropolitan bicycle planning, besides government agencies, it could include info from bicycle organizations and publications like the regional Spokes Magazine for the bicycling community, even ads (to help fund it).
15th Street Cycletrack between V and W Streets NW
Kansas City Streetcar Stop with Smart City Post Kiosks. Flickr photo by Eric Bowers.
Bicycle counter, Broadway Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Photo by Michael Lee, Boston Globe. Why not make this a kiosk incorporating biking related notices and information?
I noticed from images that on a cycletrack in Sao Paulo they have digital advertising kiosks.
Digital ad signage on Avenida Paulist ciclovia/cycletrack, Sao Paulo.