Transform Microweather for Cycling

Transform Microweather for Cycling - Solutions for thermally comfortable cycling

2017, tutor: Sanda Lenzholzer, student: David Huijben

Active modes of transportation could be the solution for unhealthy lifestyles. Especially the Netherlands provides the opportunity to improve people’s health and lifestyle, because 28% of the people already use the bicycle regularly. However, people tend not to use the bicycle during uncomfortable weather conditions such as too warm weather (temperatures higher than 24 C°), too cold weather (temperatures under 15 C°) and precipitation. This thesis searches for solutions which can improve the thermal perception of cyclists during uncomfortable weather situations, for the city of Rotterdam. Separate solutions for wind, shortwave radiation and precipitation are synthesized for different urban typologies. Research through design is used for finding new solutions and evaluating them on an equal base by using criteria. The separate solutions of wind, shortwave radiation and precipitation are combined into integrated solutions. These solutions are flexible in use and able to transform their appearance according to the weather situation at that time. Find the full thesis text here.