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Bikes on the schedule at industrial design conference


How can the Industrial Designers Society of America’s 2008 Western District Conference help improve biking in Portland?

Well, like many events that happen here (whether they’re directly related to bikes or not), our favorite form of transportation has managed to work its way into the schedule.

Improvements to on-street bike
parking will be one focus of the
workshop.

On Sunday, the last day of the three-day conference, attendees will take part in a design workshop titled, Yield! Bikes and cars, can’t we all just get along?.

The workshop was organized by the Oregon chapter of the IDSA and organizers hope participants will, “discuss and create options to create safer roads and eliminate bike-to-bike and bike-to-car accidents.”

According to Steve Chaney, a local industrial designer who helped organize the workshop, conference-goers will be presented with two design problems.

The first will deal with how to improve on-street bike parking. Chaney hopes the exercise helps answer these questions:

The next problem will attempt to improve how we can design complete streets, yet still allow emergency response vehicles quick and easy access. The designers will try and create and/or improve upon various traffic calming methods to find a solution that works for everyone.

A jury panel of local experts will offer insights into the problems and will help discuss the solutions and ideas. The panel will include: Greg Raisman, a traffic safety guru at PDOT; Bill Stites, owner of Stites Designs; Sacha White of Vanilla Bicycles, Natalie Ramsland of Sweetpea Bicycles; and others.

I’ll be there too, so stay tuned for a look at what solutions to these problems America’s best industrial designers can come up with.

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