Ringstrasse 150 Project
Vienna’s Ringstrasse is one of the world’s most beautiful urban spaces. Created in the 1860’s when Vienna tore down its defensive walls, the boulevard circles the city’s historic centre and is home for many of Vienna’s most important cultural institutions.
The Ringstrasse reflects the best in 1970s-era transport planning: moving cars. But cities today are replacing these types of traffic sewers with complete streets designed to encourage active transportation and create liveable and attractive urban spaces.
It’s time for Vienna to redesign the Ringstrasse to make it suitable for the world’s most liveable city. We need to create an attractive urban space where it’s easy and comfortable to walk, cycle, hang-out and enjoy our beautiful city. We need to create a model for the 21st Century – an urban boulevard focused on sustainable transport and urban liveability – much as the original Ringstrasse set the stage for a new generation of boulevards in the late 19th Century.
Ringstrasse 150 Project
Creating a new Ringstrasse should be supported by a 21st Century public involvement process that uses applications and technology to help increase participation, generates innovative new ideas and provides political support from the community.
The Ringstrasse150 project’s goal is to help support this type of public involvement process for making the Ringstrasse Vienna’s most liveable street. Our project includes:
- Ring Ride smart phone game, a fun way to engage people in the process;
- Ringstrasse150.com website: information on organisations, events, ideas and resources for improving the Ringstrasse; and,
- Best Practices for sustainable street design (coming).
The Ring Ride game and website were rolled out in 2015 to help celebrate the Ringstrasse’s 150th birthday.
If the Ringstrasse150 project is successful we’ll investigate extending it to more cities. As part of this project we would create new websites for each city with information on local organisations, activities, etc. All cities could share the best practices for sustainable street design. We’d also improve the game to add more features and artwork reflecting the new city.
The improved game will include game mechanics improvements to increase the number of possible hazards (e.g, moving pedestrians) designed to teach players more about good urban biking, and traditional game features including leader boards, etc.
The improved game would also enable players to “participate” and/or “express political support” directly within the game rather than being directed to another website as we do with the current project. For example, players could use points to add a bike lane to the game.
Different games would be developed for each city with local designs and each city version would include new hazards. Players could go from city game to city game learning different cycling strategies.
Best Practices for Sustainable Street Design
The website includes a section on best practices for sustainable street design. In the future there will be pages on bike lanes with photos of different bike lane configurations and information on their benefits and impacts, etc. This is similar to the ideas described in the Online Educational Resources page.
The objective of these pages is to teach people about what works and what does not work … then they can use this information to provide better comments and ideas for improving streets in their city. The best practices will include information and links to tools that can help people visualise and design local street improvements. For example the really helpful StreetMix visualisation application illustrated at the left.
Blog Posts: Ringstrasse 150 Project
Three interesting articles about Crowdsourcing that appeared in late 2019:2020 and beyond: 11 predictions at the intersection of technology and citizen engagement in the DemocracySpot blog by Tiago Peixoto and Tom Steinberg. Lots of food for thought.Why Crowdsourcing Often Leads to Bad Ideas by Oguz A. Acar in the Harvard Business Review, outlining some of […]
Alan Bell has used machine learning to develop a program that analyses data from traffic cameras to identify blocked bus and bike lanes. He analysed a section of St. Nicholas Avenue in Manhattan and found that the bike lane was blocked 55% of the time and the bus stop was blocked 57% of the time […]
The Transit Alliance Miami has created a simple graphic display illustrating the time between Miami Metrorail trains (frequency) at the Government Center station. They have taken Metrorail data and displayed it in an easy to understand format. It is an excellent example of how city residents can use open data to analyse and publicise the […]
Over the holidays I had a chance to update crowdsourced-transport.com with new information. Here are the highlights: Crowdsourced Public Transport page – added: WikiRoutes – site where users can add information about public transport routes and suggest improvements (PT Mapping). Digital Matatus – an application for using smartphones to map public transport routes (PT Mapping). […]