The new GreenCityStreets.com website is now online and it’s much improved. I’ve made “GreenCityStreets.com” the umbrella name for all my work in the field of using information technology applications to improve public participation. Consequently I’ve described the work that was done as part of the BusMeister project in 2011 and 2012 as the BusMeister project.
The new website will present an analysis of the latest ideas in using information technology applications to improve public participation. It describes the following activities:
The website includes pages on each of these subjects (click the link) as well as blog postings with new ideas.
The website also includes links to our games (BusMeister, Grr-Grr-Bike, Working on the Railroad) and projects.
The website is still a work in progress so check back again in the future and let me know if you have suggestions or ideas. In the meantime, we hope you like the new site!
I’m developing a new GreenCityStreets.com website to consolidate everything in one place. Here are some links to the in-progress work:
GreenCityStreets.com – Home
BusMeister – Project Results – The BusMeister project combined educational resources, a game and a crowdsourcing platform for helping improve the quality of participation in identification and support of public transport improvements.
BusMeister Public Transport Game – Information on the BusMeister game including a link to game
Grr-Grr-Bike – CycleMeister – About the game + download
Washington Metro station
The 2014 TRB Annual Meeting was busy and fun – as usual.
I was co-author of two papers:
Lion sculpture on William Howard Taft Bridge – on the walking route between TRB hotels.
- Using Online Games in Transport: Grr-Grr-Bike Case Study (Paper 14-3805), with co-authors Peter Purgathofer and Fares Kayali from the TU Wien; and
- A proposed methodology for comparing and harmonizing railway operating processes (Paper 14-2632), with co-authors Silko Hoeppner (main author) and Ulrich Weidmann from the ETH Zurich’s IVT.
Washington Metro – backlit system and local area maps on telephone booth in station.
There were lots of excellent sessions and posters. I have many ideas for new projects and games … stay tuned!
I just posted the paper I wrote jointly with Peter Purgathofer and Fares Kayali of the Institute of Design and Assessment of Technology Vienna University of Technology about the use of games in transportation, with a focus on the technical evaluation of the Grr-Grr-Bike game prepared by Peter and Fares last spring. Here’s the paper abstract:
This paper presents an introduction to using games in transportation. Many organizations are using online games to help explain complicated subjects, increase awareness and encourage participation, three key transportation agency objectives. The Grr-Grr-Bike game was developed to better understand how mobile games could be designed to achieve these objectives. In the game players swipe the screen to guide a bike rider along an increasingly more complicated streetscape while avoiding opening car doors and stopping at traffic lights. The game’s objective was to encourage people to get involved in local bike planning and to teach them about urban cycling. The prototype game was released in January 2013 and then evaluated by game design experts. The experts produced a research report with improvement recommendations. The paper begins by providing an introduction to using games in transportation including example games, then uses the expert recommendations for Grr-Grr-Bike to illustrate important game design concepts, and finally presents general recommendations for using games in transportation.
You can download the paper from my publications page or directly via this link.
I’ll present the paper at a poster session on Monday morning January 13, 2014 between 8:30 -10:45 AM, Hilton International Center.
Hope to see you there!
meine-radspur is a GIS app developed in Vienna that tracks the routes used by bicyclists. Riders can indicate hazards and places that need improvements later.
I’m organising a roundtable discussion on using social applications (social networks, crowd sourced reporting, online games, wikis, and other tools) for helping improve sustainable transport.
We’ll start by identifying existing applications and then brainstorm ideas for Vienna (and beyond). If there’s interest we’ll organise a group to develop a real application or two. If you have questions or good examples to include in the presentation please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
When: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 … 18:30 – 20:30
Where: The Impact HUB Vienna, Lindengasse 56, 1070 Vienna
Please register here (free): https://sustainabletransportslot.eventbrite.com/