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Three hurdles stand in the way of the World (traffic) dominance of the bike: safety, comfort and freight transport. — Illustration by TEAMS

Viva La Revolution! World (traffic) dominance of the bike and the obstacles to overcome (II)

Biking has never been so popular as today, but it is far from being the first choice for commuters in many cities across the globe.

Why are bikes still not the favorite means of urban transportation?

This question follows the September article on biking and safety.

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bike vs. car — Image credits: Carlton Ried Flickr

“The question of comfort fits well for a usability analysis. Cycling offers a potpourri of usability issues…”

But there is an interesting twist to the story in favor of the bike; whereas the car has a high immediate comfort through privacy and security, it offers many displeasures over the long-term such as high-running costs, maintenance, traffic congestion and parking.

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Advantages of driving bike vs. Disadvantages of driving cars — Illustration by TEAMS

“There are many new ideas to adopt from one system to the other… However, a broader approach focussing on the user experience and convenience at the center of the concept may find a much more fruitful result”

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The solution: the linking of the systems — Illustration by TEAMS

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