Prototype bike powered lifts, latest in active design.

I’ve been working on the design of buildings with ramped access balconies to encourage people to cycle between levels instead of just using the lift. I was all ready to publish a paper and have lifts banned by law (in the interest of public health), when an astute student named Clare forwarded this:

Clare, it is not only I who should thank you.

About Steven

I'm on a mission to put cycling on the agendas of architects, urban designers and fellow academics, who see the potential for bicycles to change cities and buildings. My PhD is in architectural history and my interdisciplinary research spans art theory, philosophy and cultural studies. I teach architectural history and theory and design studio at The University of Tasmania, Australia, and formerly worked as an architect designing large public housing projects in Singapore. My favourite bikes are a titanium racing bike I use for racing, a Velorbis retro commuter for riding to cafes and work, a single speed ultra light Brompton that I take with me when I travel on planes, a 29er hard tail mountain bike that I get lost on in remote places, an old track bike that scares me, a 1984 Colnago Super with all original campagnolo components that is plugged into a virtual realm that I train in, and a Dutch-made Bakfiets, that could easily replace half of the bikes I just mentioned.
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5 Responses to Prototype bike powered lifts, latest in active design.

  1. Clare M says:

    It had been awhile since I perused your blog Steven! A pleasant surprise to see myself mentioned here. Back to the drawing board on that paper it would seem!

  2. Rudy Breteler says:

    Lifts banned by law? What about people with physical disabilities?

  3. Rudy Breteler says:

    OK, good to know. Don’t get me wrong, I just discovered your blog today, and as a recreational and commuter bicyclist myself I enthusiastically agree with your ideas. I wish more cycling advocates would dream as big as you do. Here in Boston, Massachusetts, we still consider it a victory whenever we manage to eliminate a few parking spots to make room for painted bike lanes–separate, protected cycling infrastructure is still far on our horizon. It’s just that I’ve been doing a lot of legal research on the Americans with Disabilities Act and disability case law these past few months, so the elevator comment stood out to me. I didn’t mean to be that person who silently agrees with the overwhelming majority of things on your page but leaves a negative comment about the one thing that bothered me. Sorry that I was.

    • Steven says:

      Ha ha! No worries :) If you look on the “bicycletecture” link you will see a range of buildings that would not require lifts, because show gradient ramps reach every level. Deep lifts work for bikes too.

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