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The Wheelie

By

  • Monash University
  • Victorian Department of Transport

Description

The Wheelie is a Bicycle Parking Device which solves the perennial “build-it-and-they-will-come” problem in transport planning. By offering an inexpensive, no-dig, rapidly deployable parking solution, The Wheelie encourages public-realm clients such as railway stations and councils to take a low-risk step towards bicycle parking provision. The Wheelie accommodates 9+ bicycles in an Australian Standard car park, while costing as little as two standard bicycle hoops. Open source design breaks down yet another barrier to deployment, enabling purchasers to seek their ideal local manufacturing source and cut red tape. A quiet achiever: The Wheelie is designed to be invisible, yet impactful.

Key Features

1

1. Usability. Holds 9+ bikes in the same space as one car. As easy to use as a regular bike hoop, easier than hanging.
2. Sustainability. Cheaply and quickly tests a location for latent cycling demand, short-circuiting the “build-it-and-they-will-come” debate which prevents decision makers from providing cycling infrastructure. The Wheelie is reusable, it requires no digging or permanent hardware.
3. Deployability. Can be rapidly deployed to meet existing demand when hoops or Parkiteer facilities are full.
4. Accessibility. Design documentation is provided under a CC-BY-SA 4.0 licence. This allows the design to be made by anyone, and even to evolve.

2

1. The performance of the transport system is greatly enhanced when short trips shift from car to bicycle.
2. At full capacity The Wheelie increases the performance of parking space at a location – e.g. railway station – by nine times.
3. Legitimises and encourages urban cycling, reducing “transport poverty” by making cycling a genuine choice.
4. Enhances urban realm, offering a usable alternative to informal bike parking, decreasing scattered bikes which can deter political uptake and interfere with universal access.

3

1. A game-changer for bike parking: enables testing for, and accommodation of, demand spikes in bike transport.
2. Co-designed with government, NGOs, industry and the public; the development process demonstrates the transformative power of design approaches by effectively listening to stakeholders through a say-do-make process.
3. A direct link between policy need and solution.
4. Application of design approaches has directly affected the approach of policymakers, empowering them to consider, and commission, design R&D as one of their levers to behaviour change in the real world.
5. The Wheelie is now deployed in an initial run of VLine railway stations.

4

1. Novel design methods and end product.
2. Sets a new spatial-efficiency benchmark.
3. Observational research showed that a compliant Bicycle Parking Device could provide higher-density parking than believed possible. In particular, the bicycle’s spatial envelope was interrogated against user behaviour to determine a fine-grained understanding of bike parking.
4. Co-design sprints determined the “wheelie” raised bike position as a usable alternative to hanging, while still achieving space gains and disentangling bike handlebars. Usability testing was gender and stature diverse, and included eBikes.
5. Fine-grained design research revealed importance of accommodating “non-standard” bikes with racks, a deficiency of hanging racks.

5

1. Robust vandal resistant design in marine-grade stainless steel and concrete.
2. Compliant with AS2890.3.
3. Current iterations are locally manufactured.
4. Design documentation and deployment guidance available at: https://figshare.com/articles/The_Wheelie_Bike_Rack/6852815

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