Industrial designer for Van der Veer designers has worked with Gazelle.
Working with Delft and PostNL to create a prototype of the electric trailer.
PostNL tried these other vehicles and they either didn’t have enough volume or sufficient maneuverability. Jort looked at supply chain process. Everything is being transported in roll cages (1 cubic meter and 100 kg).
Why make the trailer? The cyclist can transport his own weight, while the trailer can transport its own weight. The trailer is "multi modal". The "engine" (cyclist) can be delivered three trailers from the distribution center and not have to return to the distribution center every time the trailer is empty. This is one of the bigger inefficiencies.
Looking for investors.
250 watts e-motor regulation: you need more than 250 watts to go up the hill. In Sweden, when you attach the trailer to the bike, the whole setup is the bike. E-trailers are not yet regulated in NL.
How do you charge electricity? (I don't recall the answer)
Why trailer and not bike? The benefit of using a trailer instead of the bike was something about lateral forces and strength of the bike as well as the universality of which bike you can use. Jort also mentioned the very small turning radius.
Showed photos of Italian cargo bikes in 1947, back to the future.
Started in Padua with TNT Express in 2011. Started in Milan in 2011. Starting in Bologna this year. Operate in the restricted zones of the cities where congestion charges.
Hold 1.5 cubic meters. 2,000 kg capacity (or was it 200 kg/440 lbs)
Express service by direct calling, distribution in limited traffic areas, special events. Works with DHL in Milan, Padua, and Bologna as part of "Go Green" project. Partnered with Red Bull during Design Week for distributing drinks and recycling the cans.
Bikes can shrink space that’s too boring for walking. This calls for a distinct kind of architecture. Architecture doesn’t exist about your movement. There are many theories about architecture treatment of moving.
New towns of North Nijmegen and Milton Keynes, UK. New architecture idiom where buildings have overhangs to protect bicycles from precipitation. Architects are still designing as if their parents are still holding the bicycle seat.
I think rain cover for cyclists is the next frontier.
Plato and Deschutes, thinking in terms of first principles [what is this?]. Don’t contemplate only what you can see what your eyes but also what you can imagine. Design a new kind of "new town" that’s not developed around the car. Streets that look like race tracks, and car parks under buildings.
Infill wasn’t popular in the 2000s, when investors became confident. They wanted to build big. When you build big, you reach the economy of scale. What’s bad about them, though, they make developers and councilors nervous.
There just doesn’t seem to be an alternative to laying down roads and putting up parking. Space is produced, culturally constructed. Things that are man-made can be undone.
The car city provides under-cover protection, she can drive to the store and transfer the children to the shopping trolley. That’s what the world wants, that convenience.
I think the cargo bike can be used to do this. Bring it in the grocery store with the sleeping baby, then bring it into the house to unload grocery stores, and the spaces in between are designed to get some exercise between home and work.
Architects can extend life by reducing disease through design.
Invention: "Slip Block". The building is deliberately designed to say, ride your bike. You take the lift up to the apartment and ride down a slope away from the apartment. (But don’t create American/UK public housing.) Create defensible space in the corridor.
I think you should idolize bicycles and give them an architectural frame. Jane Jacobs, Kevin Lynch, urban design theory.
Problems with walking:
Not effective for weight control
Inadequate for commuting
Passive surveillance is only available on shopping streets
Answer to these problems: Distribute shops across the city, 60 meters apart.
Thinks that the Netherlands has a great potential to not build UK-style row housing, because they’re known for innovative design.
"high means fast, low means slow" - this means that you use an incline to the upper level (which could differ by only a meter) to slow bicyclists and use the decline to the lower level to accelerate a grocery-laden bicycle. If you want to have a segment where there is high-speed bicycle traffic, you could separate levels by >2m.
Do I feel like a freak when I speak to other architects? The worst reception I get, when my book was passed around an office, and they thought, "oh no, first wheelchairs, and now bikes". It was seen as an imposition. The car, the machine, became the centerpiece of architectural theory (and it was architects who made this happen). Then the city. I see the bicycle as the new first principle, the yardstick, can bring on a great inspiration period for architects.