Bicycle Storage Process Book
by: Adam Blount Scy Fuller Will Crowe
Nicholas Dodson Michael Noto Jordan Wiggins
IDUS 215 Contextual Research Professor: Robert Campbell Winter 2013
Table of Content
Purpose & Abstract
Focus & Reseach Questions
Table of Contents
Stakeholders Introduction&toArtifacts Research
Opportunities Conclusion Introduction&to Research
THE PURPOSE OF OUR RESEARCH IS: .......to find ways to improve the process of storing and locking bike through direct interviews and observational research in Savannah.
Purpose: Our research teams focus was to gain better understanding of the process, interaction, and motives behind locking and storing bikes in public external spaces. Methodology: We used observation, participatory observation, testing, and interviews to help establish our findings. Value: Bike storage is important not only to the bikers who utilize the rack to store their bike, but also to others with regards to space used and flow of movement around these often obstructing elements. We hope to help alleviate both problems and make a better securing rack for added bike protection that requires only a limited amount of space for both it and the bike.
Broad Photo Research
The search for our research focus started with a broad scale photo analysis of the downtown Savannah area. Each team member returned with photographs of bicycles and cyclists throughout the Savannah area in an effort to narrow our efforts.
Broad Photo Research Observation and Photos:
Grouping Photo Research
We then broke photographs into groups: -Parking and Storage -Locks and Security -Accesories
Narrowed Photo Research
After the groups were decided each team member returned to the field to take more focued ocservational studies of bike parking in context.
Focus and Research Questions
Focus and Research Questions
Focus: Our research teams focus it to gain better understanding of the process, interaction, and motives behind locking and storing bikes in public external spaces in Savannah.
Initial Research Questions Q1. BIKER PROCESS - How does one interact with other bikes when seeking to park or store one's bike and does routine effect how one locks their bike? Q2. Does the type of bike rack or type of lock used determine the intended length of stay? Q3. What parts of the bike are locked? Why? Q4. What are the City/ SCAD ordinances on bike rack design criteria?
Statement of Purpose The purpose of our research is to find ways to improve the process of storing and locking bikes through direct interviews and observational research in Savannah.
Data Planning Worksheet
Stakeholders & Artifacts
A breakdown of our stakeholders were determined
Any other cyclist who effects or is effected by the subject cyclist Anyone who may potentially steal or harm the bicycle or other stored items
Law Enf Public/City
Subject rider who directly interacts with storage utilities
Owners of location where bicycle is being stored -Property belonging to a business Business/Commerce whether rented or owned Residential -Property that is a residence -Property owned by the city Public/City I.E. parks, squares, public roads
/Commerce rity Business
t n e S m ecu y t O r e w e p n o e r r ro c s-P
Anyone enforcing rules or public safety Most Relevant
Items that Effect Storage
19 Interview 1 Female Location-Bull and State Street SCAD alumni legal carrier-uses bike for her job Uses: U-lock: she locks frame to tire because she can't use bike if they cut cable and secures Cable: bike to object Needs space for basket/ fatter tires Prefers: Skinny Poles as station for storing bike Keeps eyes on bike if not locking Carriers packages and accounts for this when storing_ -delivers packages first
Interview Process Interview 2 Female Location Bull and State Street by CVS Job: Server- works downtown Uses: Used U-lock attached back tire to frame to rack because boyfriend told her it was "safer" Protection from elements Parks in areas where she has friends that can watch her bike. Would not use street sign or other object since bike could be lifted over it. Prefers legitimate racks/ storage areas Removes light when she locks her bike. Found U-lock hard to use.
Interview 3 - I protect my bike by locking it and anything removable I take with me. No - Someone locked their lock to mine, but I knew who owned the bike it was so I was able to get it unlocked. - Anything not grounded
Interview Process Interview 4 No not reallyÂ The other day some guy locked his bike sideways across like 4 bike racks. It was really annoying I lock a U-lock through the frame and the wheel to a bike rack. I sometimes remove the seat, but I feel safe with this particular bike. Not really
1. Both chose a place that was easily accessible, but allowed them to feel safe & secure. For the first interviewee, security meant a rack or pole anchored to the ground. For the second interviewee, security was only achieved when the bike could be seen by other known & trusted friends. 2. Both opted for racks, though the first interviewee would choose any pole that was thin enough to get her bike lock around. 3. U-locks, the second by recommendation, the first out of practicality. 4. No 5. Remove lights, travel light 6. No problems
Opportunities for Design & Conclusion
Opportunities for Design
Q1. BIKER PROCESS - How does one interact with other bikes when seeking to park or store one's bike and does routine effect how one locks their bike? Answer: Generally, cyclist try to avoid other cyclist’s bike when seeking to park or store their own. This is for any of a variety of reasons, but most often concerns worry for damage of either bike. From the interviewees we spoke with, routine does not have an overarching effect on how one locks their bike. The only influence it carries is in where the bike is locked, not how. However, there may well be more patterns and influences to be unearthed if more cyclists were studied and interviewed.
Q2. Does the type of bike rack or type of lock used determine the intended length of stay? Answer: No. Sign pole, tree or proper bike rack, the cyclist does not choose a rack based on their length of stay, but on the security of the ‘rack’ itself. Regardless of how long the cyclist intends to be away from their parked bike, in any scenario, they will choose the safest possible option that their lock allows.
Q3. What parts of the bike are locked? Why? Answer: Varies depending on the cyclist. The frame is always locked to the rack. Often times, the wheel (front or back, but most commonly front) is included in this as well. In one instance, the front wheel was locked to the frame in addition to the frame being locked to the rack, with a lock for each, respectively. The choice of what is locked depends partly on the type of bike, and partly on the lock itself. In all cases, it is based on whichever method will secure the bike well enough to deter thieves, while still allowing the cyclist access to the lock. Q4. What are the City/ SCAD ordinances on bike rack design criteria?
Answer: More research is required.
29 Limitiations and Obstacles-Time -Number of participants -Weather -Question wording & question choices -Making the interviewee feel comfortable to have a conversationLimitations:
Research By: Adam Blount Nicholas Dodson Scy Fuller Will Crowe Michael Noto Jordan Wiggins
Process Book Designed by: Will Crowe Scy Fuller