If you follow Cities-4-People, you may know that we have entered the prototyping phase, during which the pilot areas work on a prototype for each of the three selected concepts, for a total of fifteen prototypes. The prototypes will bridge the concepts to the actual piloting phase, when things will get (even more) real and we will test and measure how the interventions affect the place and mobility in and around it.
What has happened in Altona in this regard?
Goodbye parking slots for cars, hello bike racks. This will be one of the key pilots in the Altona District in Hamburg: replacing parking spots for cars with parking spaces for bikes. But where exactly? The prototyping workshop was used to map possible locations according to a list of ideal criteria. The latter were prepared using reverse brainstorming, notably by asking the community members what they would consider the worst spot to implement the pilot and looking at the features that characterise these places so as to flip them around. It won’t come as a surprise, but it turned out that locations for the intervention should be dry, clean and well-lit. Until 17 February, people will be able to select their ideal locations online using Maptionnaire. Input from Meldemichel will also be considered, since this is a platform where citizens can report damages in public spaces or provide suggestions for improvement. Approximately 100 bike racks should get installed, although not all of them will replace parking spots.
Too many delivery trucks are blocking the streets and parking spots in Hamburg, and too few climate-friendly mobility and transport options are available. How to solve these challenges? A micro-depot combined with delivery bikes seems the best solution. During the prototyping event, participants were invited to design models for the containers. In the next weeks we may launch a competition for the actual design: keep your eyes and ears open, in case you want to take part! Further details (e.g. location, type of bikes – electric or not, etc.) will be discussed in additional meetings with the District authorities and the representatives of the delivery company.
Sharing – be it car sharing, bike sharing, scooters or houses – is becoming trendy in many cities and Hamburg is not the exception in this. Yet, people seem to lack knowledge about the different options and how they work. This is why Cities-4-People aims to organise an event to bring all the sharing groups together and give people an opportunity to get to know them, exchange with them and, possibly, try out devices. Through storyboarding, participants in the prototyping workshop visualised the motivations and needs of different person types who may end up attending the event. This exercise helped identify key organisational elements that will make the event more accessible, well located, suitable for families and children as well as for elderly and adults. Content-wise, it also provided an indication of interesting topics that could be presented during the event, such as mobility safety. More will come!