High school students are at a unique stage in their lives as they transition from childhood to adulthood. This transition brings increasing independence. From a mobility standpoint, high school students may be limited to certain options such as bikes or public transit given the expenses and barriers to access of private car ownership or rideshares.
This proposal focuses on a set of improvements to high school student bicycle mobility in the area surrounding the Michigan Central Station. The improvements to bicycle mobility promote information accessibility, ease of use, and safety. The recommendations are provided in the context of bikeshares (e.g. MoGo) as students may not have access to a private bicycle but could engage with the shared service.
1. Information Kiosk – The interactive kiosk allows students to access event information, trip planning and bikeshare reservation services. A student may approach the kiosk on the high school campus to learn about community events taking place in the Corktown area at places such as the Michigan Central Station, Mexicantown Mercado, or other schools. The student can then select the event location and receive an indication of how many bikes are available at the nearest bikeshare and an overview of the bicycle route options that the student might take from his/her current location to the destination. Once the student has selected his/her preferred route, the student will have the option to reserve a bike from the bikeshare. The student can swipe his/her student ID to provide information needed for the reservation. When the student arrives at the bikeshare location, the student can retrieve the bike by swiping his/her student ID.
2. Smart Navigation – Smart navigation devices on bikes guide students through their journey. The student’s selection of bicycle route from the kiosk will automatically be loaded into the smart navigation on the student’s bike reservation. The smart navigation system is an information driven GPS system. It provides verbal and visual instructions to navigate the student along his/her route. Additionally, the smart navigation system provides warnings to the student of upcoming road obstacles, potholes, change in terrain, or crowded intersections.
3. Visibility Enhancements – Bikeshare bicycles will be outfitted with additional visual safety features. Reflective handlebar tape and tire lighting can be used to improve bike visibility for oncoming and cross traffic. These features can be particularly helpful during the winter and when there is limited lighting.