BusMeister Game Status

The BusMeister Game is currently unavailable because the developer has gone out of the game hosting business. We are working on revising the game and putting it back on line. Contact us for more information.

Sorry! We hope BusMeister is available again soon!

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Help develop a sustainable transport app for Vienna!

Meine-Radspur is a GPS based app that tracks your trips and allows you to enter information about problems you encounter. http://www.meineradspur.at/

Meine-Radspur is a GPS based app that tracks your trips and allows you to enter information about problems you encounter. http://www.meineradspur.at/

I’m organising a roundtable discussion on using social applications (social networks, crowd sourced reporting, online games, wikis, and other tools) for helping improve sustainable transport.

We’ll start by identifying existing applications and then brainstorm ideas for Vienna (and beyond). If there’s interest we’ll organise a group to develop a real application or two. If you have questions or good examples to include in the presentation please contact me (andy@andynash.com).

When: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 … 18:30 – 20:30
Where: The Impact HUB Vienna, Lindengasse 56, 1070 Vienna

Please register here (free): https://sustainabletransportslot.eventbrite.com/

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Vote for Grr-Grr-Bike on Velo City 2013 Cycling Visionary Awards

Please vote for our Grr-Grr-Bike game on the Velo City 2013 Cycling Visionary Awards!

http://velo-city2013.com/?page_id=2337&project_id=68

It’s quite easy to vote and your vote will help us publicize the project.

Thanks!

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Grr-Grr-Bike – Our new bike game!

GGBike-screenshot1

Grr-Grr-Bike! is a fun way to learn about urban bike riding and support better biking in your community.

Grr-Grr-Bike is a smartphone game where you guide a bike rider through the city, avoiding on-coming vehicles, car doors and other obstacles. You need to stop at red lights and for pedestrians crossing the street. You’re also being chased by a dog – that’s where the name comes from! The goal is to get as far along the street and pick-up as many coins as possible. See Grr-Grr-Bike on YouTube!

When you finish, Grr-Grr-Bike’s results screen includes a link taking you to a page with information from your local bike group on local events, activities, projects that need support and information on getting involved.

The goal is to broaden political support for bike projects and programs by exposing smartphone game players to local bike advocacy groups. Since many smartphone game players are young this would be a great opportunity for local advocacy groups to increase their membership and energy.

We’ve finished the prototype game. Now we’re improving its usability and educational value, and building the link to local bike advocacy groups. You can download the prototype for Android at: www.grr-grr-bike.com. We’re seeking funds to finish the game and place it on the Android and iOS application stores. Please contact me with comments, questions or for more information.

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GreenCityStreets Presentations

Still looking for a public transport agency that wants to try GreenCityStreets for a project1

Andy has made several presentations about the GreenCityStreets project and the use of social networking to improve transport. Here’s a brief summary:

More publications can be found on Andy’s publications page.

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GreenCityStreets-Bicycling: Coming soon!

We’re extending GreenCityStreets to include bicycling!

Seattle Bus with Bike

Seattle bus with bike

Our goal has always been to include all modes of sustainable transport and so we are in the process of developing an exciting (we hope!) bicycling game, organizing a best practices wiki and investigating new options for reporting ideas. In the meantime we’ll be developing a list of bicycle planning resources for the landing page.

Let us know if you have any ideas or suggested references in the comments.

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GreenCityStreets Presentations at ITS World Congress 2012

GreenCityStreets is looking for an innovative public transport agency!

I made three presentations about GreenCityStreets at the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress 2012 which was just held in Vienna. Here’s a link to my personal blog with links to the presentations: andynash.com

The presentations were well received and we are looking forward to finding a public transport agency looking for an innovative way to improve public involvement in transport planning. Here’s my YouTube music video describing GreenCityStreets.

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GreenCityStreets at ITS World Congress 2012 Vienna

I’ll be making a presentation about GreenCityStreets at the ITS World Congress 2013 in Vienna this October. I’ll be talking about it at a session on social networking and also be presenting a paper. Here are session details:

Social Networking and ITS: Roadmap to a Revolution? SIS36

Wednesday 24 October 2012 – 16:00 – 17:30 – Schubert 1 Room

Session Description: Social Media is revolutionizing our world, both figuratively, as shown by Facebook’s ubiquitous-ness, and literally, as shown by social media’s role in the Arab Spring uprisings. The transport sector is no exception. This session describes how social media is being used to intelligence to transport systems and ideas for improving the integration of social media into transport systems will be presented. Session topics include: crowdsourcing, education, real-time reporting, online games and public participation, as well as problems such as the digital divide and security.

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Stadtgespräch: Innovationen für die Stadtentwicklung

I’m making a presentation on GreenCityStreets at the Stadtgespräch: Innovationen für die Stadtentwicklung in Vienna on Tuesday May 15. The conference will be held from 9:00 until 12:00 at the Bahnorama (Favoritenstraße 51, 1100 Wien), the visitor center for the new Vienna Main Train station. Should be an interesting conference with presentations from 12 different innovative projects dealing with city planning. More details are available at the ZIT website.

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Update: September 5, 2011

FixMyTransport Home

Screenshot from FixMyTransport – One of my favorite links of the week, see below.

My main work last week was developing a video for the Vienna Content Award. Every year Vienna awards prizes for “content” oriented products (films, games, art, consumer goods, etc.) developed in the city. It’s a neat idea designed to showcase designers and products made in Vienna. Naturally the video is a music video parody … I’ll share the link when it’s finished.

This week I make a presentation at the International Institute for Information Design IIID Traffic & Transport 2011 conference in Vienna. The theme is “Traffic, Transport and Social Media” and I will discuss results of the greencitystreets.com project so far. I’ll be posting the slides from my talk later this week.

There was a very nice article (in German) about the project in DerStandard (Austrian newspaper) last week in their Research Special. The article: “The Public Transport User as Transport Planner” explained perfectly the idea that we want to provide users with the tools to really help plan improvements to public transport, rather than only identify problems like broken elevators etc. (which is also extremely important!).

Cool Links – I discovered the following cool links this past week:

FixMyTransport – Great new site developed by MySociety group in Great Britain. Does exactly what we would like our social network (Forum) to do, but with a beautiful user interface. (If we take GreenCityStreets further than a prototype we hope to change the Forum to use FixMyTransport or SeeClickFix as the social network interface. Right now our prototype is simply designed to show the possibilities.)

Here’s a great article by Tom Steinberg (MySociety) in O’Reilly Radar on How to create sustainable open data projects with purpose. In it he talks about developing the FixMyTransport project.

City of Leduc Master Plan – From the SeeClickFix blog, the city of Leduc (Canada) is using SeeClickFix to help develop their transport master plan. It’s a very similar idea to GreenCityStreets, but looks like without our educational component.

Rescape your street – describes a really neat application developed by Andy Likuski who worked at the wonderful OpenPlans organization this summer on his Rescape software. According to the openplans blog:

Rescape adds tools to Google Sketchup that makes it easier to do neighborhood redesigns with an emphasis on carfree or car-light streets and comprehensive transit, in three dimensions.

This is exactly the type of tool we want to add to GreenCityStreets to help urban residents develop better ideas and communicate those ideas to city decision-makers. How many good ideas have languished because real people could not draw a simple sketch of the design?

Finally, a really thoughtful article by Kevin Kelly on the future of social networks (Why the impossible happens more often). He talks about the fact that twenty years ago no one would have believed what social networks are doing today (think wikipedia) … so we can expect really big things in the future. This resonated with me because sometimes I think people think I am crazy to believe that real people, urban residents, can become really involved in planning their city (rather then simply providing “input”) … but Kelly’s article reinforced my belief.

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