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Cycling infrastructure down the hill
Purpose : As the planned Park Connector Network is down the hill, a staircase with a bicycle ramp is built for cyclist to go down/ come up the hill.
In my opinion, the presence of the PCN is to encourage people of all ages to use. Meaning that, even if you are(or your friend is) in a wheelchair ( we call it Personal Mobility Aid), you can also bring yourself or push your friend easily on the ramp – ignoring the fact that there should be a locking mechanism in place to safely use the ramp. With only one bicycle rail, effectively the users under the category of PMA, baby prams, cargo bikes are already being discouraged or rather turned away.
Secondly, I also don’t really like the placement of the ramp, by putting the ramp on one side, it is forcing the user to push the bicycle on the side that is not their bias at any one time depending on the direction – the example below forces the user to push on the left side going down, right side going up -, for me I’m a right handed bias – the majority are – it is in my opinion, a very unfriendly design.
Lastly, this is a rather steep slope, if the ramp can be built more slanted, bringing the angle of incline for the ramp more gentle. This staircase can be turned into a full ramp , rather than just one bike ramp.