Trends, by nature, look to the past in order to better predict the future. But if there’s one thing this year has taught us so far, it’s that the future is always unpredictable.
2020 has been heavily defined by a pandemic that has caused disruptions large and small to every major economy in the world, and we are beginning to witness how these disruptions are affecting transportation and real estate as social-distancing is becoming a new normal. Public transport, for example, has dropped to 15 percent of capacity in major cities like Sydney, London, and San Francisco, and we already know the road networks can’t support the reallocated demand. The good news is that people are getting on their bikes instead, bringing historic increases in ridership to cities around the world: 52% in NYC, 300% in Melbourne, 48% in Vancouver, and over 100% on London’s bike share service. The list continues.
We are clearly amidst a bicycle revolution; more people biking means more people needing bike parking and change rooms (aka end-of-trip facilities or EOT for short). Not all EOTs are created equally, however, and if you want to position your building favourably in a post-pandemic working world, you’ll want to pay attention to what comes next.
Bird’s Eye View
Through our work with leading designers and building owners, we’ve witnessed (and contributed to) trends that will take off in this new environment. This document will delve into the following five trends that we see in bike parking and change rooms across the globe:
FLEXIBILITY. In a socially distanced world, emphasis will be placed on generous and private spaces that can ensure two meters of personal space. This means bigger showers with floor to ceiling walls and doors, island bench seating, and plenty of aisle space between bike racks and lockers. If you don’t have the space, flexible design helps you hit the quantity without compromising on quality.
USER EXPERIENCE. The amount of stuff in the space isn’t what makes it great. That comes from how it makes you feel. Smart projects around the world have thrown away their abacus and focused on users. And the effects are amazin’.
INTEGRATED TECHNOLOGY. Some trends, such as the role technology plays in our lives, remain steadfast and persist across all industries, and they are sure to play a major role in a post-pandemic working world. Data is now driving project outcomes more than ever.
SUPPLY CHAINS REIMAGINED. Where stuff comes from has finally taken its rightful place at the big boys table this year when China shut down. Sourcing for holistic value rather than price has never been so important. As designers, manufacturers, distributors, and cyclists, we know a thing or two about this space. See what leading global projects are doing.
MICRO MOBILITY. At the end of the day, changing how people move is the core of our business and we understand deeply how transportation shapes our cities. All trends point towards more sustainable options, meaning a reallocation of space from cars to people. Cities around the world are investing millions in the infrastructure of the future.