Ringstrasse150 homepage screenshot.
We’re excited to be launching the Ringstrasse150 – Ring Ride project. The project consists of a website with information on improving walking and cycling in Vienna and a mobile phone game designed to increase engagement by linking to the website in the game results screen. The website is available here:
We’ll be working on the website in the next few days to finish the German version and improve the content.
The Ring Ride game is available for Android from the Play Store:
Ring Ride Game for Android
The iOS version will be available as soon as it it approved by Apple.
We have rethought the project since our original idea for a website that would include mapping of improvement ideas. Instead the website now focuses on being a “one stop shop” for presenting information about how to improve walking and cycling in a city – in our case Vienna’s Ringstrasse. We’ll add learning elements to the website later. The main reason we decided not to include improvement mapping is that many cities already have these websites (including Vienna), so we’ll focus on trying to get people to use these existing websites.
If this project is successful similar websites could be developed for other cities following the same model. Here’s more information about the project and what we hope to achieve.
The goal is to increase support for walking and cycling improvements by creating a game (Ring Ride) that will introduce new people to organisations, activities, ideas and resources for walking and cycling in their cities.
Contact us if you want more information.
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
London Transport Museum Depot in Acton
Camden Town Brewery London – Tour in progress.
The Urban Data from Fetish Object to Social Object conference in London (see previous post) was fantastic, lots of great ideas discussed by people doing really neat things with social data. Sjors Timmer did a nice post about the conference.
I enjoyed my trip to London, a city I have not visited for some time. Mostly I walked around and enjoyed the great weather, sunny and 20 degrees the whole time. Of course I found time to sample some traditional beers at the Churchill Pub in Kensington (great Thai food too), the Camden Town Brewery (see photo – next time I’ll plan ahead so I can go on one of the Thursday evening tours!) and the Carpenters Arms in Bloomsbury.
Bus lane in Central London
On Saturday I rode a double decker bus on Oxford Street … the view from the top front makes you really appreciate the skills of the bus drivers … pedestrians all over! Then on to the London Transport Museum‘s Acton Depot where there was a special open house (see photos). The Depot is where the Museum restores objects and keeps objects for which there is no room in the main Covent Garden museum building. It’s only open a couple weekends a year and I was lucky enough to be there for one!
My flickr photos of the London Transport Museum Depot are in my flickr photos of transport museums.
My flickr photos of London.
Double decker bus in London.
I’ll be participating as a discussant at a conference organised by Adam Greenfield at the London School of Economics on Friday March 14. Read more about the speakers and programs on the LSECities announcement or on Adam Greenfield’s blog post. It should be a provocative day!