BusMeister is based on the idea that teaching people about a subject will help them have better improvement suggestions. The project consisted of:
- BusMeister Game – a serious game designed to engage people and teach them about public transport;
- Online educational resources – a wiki and website with information about improving public transport; and,
- BusMeister Forum – a Facebook-based website allowing people to suggest and discuss ideas for improving public transport in their city.
BusMeister won an innovation prize from the City of Vienna (with funding to help develop the prototype) and an honourable mention award in the US Transportation Research Board’s Communication with Jane and John Q. Public contest (2012). The game and applications worked well but needed a sponsor organization or a specific project to get traction.
Ringstrasse 150 – Ring Ride
Ringstrasse 150 is designed to generate ideas and increase support for better bike facilities on Vienna’s Ringstrasse. It consists of the RingRide mobile phone game and the Ringstrasse150.com website.
Ring Ride is a runner game taking players on an imaginary ride along Vienna’s historic Ringstrasse. Players must avoid obstacles including the Mozart Guy who jumps out in front of you. The game ends with a link to the Ringstrasse150.com website which tells users how to get involved in improving biking in Vienna.
Ringstrasse150.com – Ring Ride won an honourable mention award at the US Transportation Research Board’s Communicating Concepts with John and Jane Q. Public competition (2016). The project was launched in honour of the Ringstrasse’s 150th birthday in 2015.
Working on the Railroad
Reconstructing the Westbahnstrasse tram line in Vienna.
Working on the Railroad is a strategy game designed to help illustrate the tradeoffs in railway re-construction and maintenance. Players test different construction methods and schedules while attempting to minimise costs and maintain passenger satisfaction levels.
The game is designed for use by local public transport operators to help inform the public about rebuilding rail lines as part of a public information program combining the game with more traditional public information. The goal is to engage the public about the need for reconstruction and to help them understand and discuss the methods for reconstruction. The game would be customised for use in specific situations (i.e., projects). We’re currently developing this game. Contact us if you’d like more information.
Blog Posts: Our Projects
Today I created two pages to describe the project and how to improve public transport: About the BusMeister Project Improve Public Transport The “Improve Public Transport” page is the starting page for a set of pages that describe relatively simple and inexpensive (compared to building new rail-based public transport lines) measures that can be used […]
Here are some organizations I have found working on using Web 2.0 for sustainable transportation: Open Plans (formerly at http://openplans.org/ but have not gone out of business) – umbrella organization for lots of great projects including, streetsblog, streetfilms (the latest video from Streetfilms is embedded above) … wow. govloop – Gov Loop is a social […]
The purpose of this blog is to explore the application of Web 2.0 techniques to create more sustainable transportation systems. It’s a topic I have been interested in for many years; here are a few of my papers on the subject: An Integrated Web 2.0 Approach for Improving Public Transport pdf 2010 IT for Smart […]