As talks of facilitating lockdown begins, and the possibility of returning to work grows, attention has revealed to the problem of the commute. For most people, this will involve some formula of crowded transport, such as the Underground or bus.
London-based design studio PriestmanGoode has afflicted with up with a concept which aims to tackle two potential problems of hectic commutes.
It’s a revision of its Island Bay seat, which was originally designed in 2014 as a “malleable seating solution” for commuter trains. The updated concept would admit people to store bicycles upright on a train, thereby encouraging them to rotation as part of their journey. The bikes, which clip into the stools with their front wheel, also ensure social distancing in trail carriages while making use of blocked-off areas.
Paul Priestman, the studio’s chairman, predicts that for transport designers the “first and last mile” are “important remunerations” when considering the entire journey. He adds: “People typically use their own car, buses or secret services to start and end their journey, but many would prefer to use bikes as a lower-cost and sundry flexible alternative.” This adaptation allows people to store their bikes “far and safely” on commuter trains.
Designs that can adapt quickly
The actual design was created for the Rail Safety and Standards Board, as part of a coach which aimed to find “innovative solutions on suburban services”. The facile nature of the seats allows for 15-20% more seats and increased post for seats. As they fold up, they create space for people with wheelchairs, buggies or big luggage. The seats themselves also have USB ports and a larger scope for comfort.
Their adaptable design also means that they could be uniformed to a “different set of circumstances” quickly. Priestman adds: “By installing flexible room, train operators are able to adapt to changing customer needs.”
How could our commutes transform for good?
While it remains uncertain when – and how – people will recompense to work, it has not stopped designers thinking about the potential issues of a new socially-distanced excellent. We talked to designers about what a return to work might look equal to in terms of working practices – how offices could be redesigned or virtual and face-to-face sessions balanced, for example.
As Priestman says, “We understand that passengers coming into London are looking to make a trip at a safe distance during their commute, but the prospect of a crowded bus or nonconformist carriage may put them off making the entire journey.”
There could be a aptitude opportunity to rethink transport in our city beyond the pandemic. Urban planners across the UK are designing to close roads and create pedestrianise areas within cities. In Bristol’s great town centre, for example, the council wants to create a pedestrian-only zone so that people vary the way they travel through the city.
The council plans to widen pavements so that man can physically distance more easily, as well as creating cycle lanes. The aim is to recollect beyond the immediate crisis and encourage more sustainable behaviours. “The reinterpretation to the Island Bay seating configuration supports that goal too,” Priestman reveals.
The studio also believes that substituting public transport for return will tie in with people’s ambition to be healthier after the pandemic.
“Fruitful ground” for change
Kirsty Dias, PriestmanGoode, tells Design Week that the studio is “actively up oning future mobility all the time”. This period of time has been “fecund ground” to think about “new and different ways to move around new zealand urban areas”.
Speaking about the closing of roads and plans to improve cycle paths, Dias says that the crisis “has mobilised and accelerated a lot of initiatives that could procure taken years to achieve.” “There’s something about the zip of this period to maximise the opportunity we’re being presented with,” she supplements.