Could you (briefly) explain the issue that you’re hoping to solve?
There are many amenities available within the city which are not visable or known to people, even those in the locality on a regular basis. I have observed this while living by the Cabbage Patch Park in D8, those working 150m away have no knowledge of it in spite of its listing on the DCC quiet zones list etc. Within the Beta area there are parks and other amenities I did not know about.
Would you like to suggest a (brief) solution to the issue you outlined on the previous page?
As identified above lack of awareness of certain amenities due to location/visability is a barrier to access. I am proposing a wayfinding system focused not on specific locations but on a combination of ‘where is my nearest?’ and the use of walk your city measurements.
This system would consist of small signs- sized for pedestrian and cyclist visibility- with a simple pictogram, arrow for direction and ‘? min walk’ indicator. This could be used for many different amenities however for the purpose of the Beta I propose we focus on green spaces/parks.
Here’s a sketch by Elaine…
Here’s an example from Walk Your City which is similar to Elaine’s suggestion…
…or here’s an example from Galway Cycling…
Dublin City Beta Project’s thoughts…
Are there three potential ideas here which might, or might not, overlap?
- A way of informing people about neighbourhood resources and assets in a particular neighbourhood. (These assets will tend to be near to where you are, and will probably be local in nature. For example a nice park nearby for your lunch.)
- A way of alerting people to city resources and assets that they may not know about, and may be of interest to them. (These assets might be near or far away, and may be grander in scale. For example the Poolbeg Lighthouse Walk.)
- A way of informing people of the ‘time distance‘ to a particular location via different transport means. (Studies have shown that people tend to underestimate car journey times, and overestimate walking and cycling journey times.)
So as an example – “15min walk, 6min cycle+park, 15min drive+park”.
- If the alert system is physical – for example signs on the street – an obvious query would be “where does it stop?” – ie pubs, pharmacies, schools, bus stops, etc.
So what filters / criteria are applied to avoid too much information being shown, and so drowning out what’s useful.
- Another one would be how is it different to the wayfinding signs and apps.
- Perhaps time is the answer…it indicates time rather than distance, so is more human-based (if you tell me it’s a 15min walk, I can judge the distance…if you tell me it’s 1km, I find that hard to imagine both the distance and the time it’ll take).
- Or perhaps it’s primarily aimed at everyday users, so focuses on the ‘ordinary’.
- How should it tie in with mapping – see Designing Dublin’s 100 Exciting Things You Didn’t Know About Dublin?
- And technology such as Bluetooth, etc.