The Cycle-Station Project

1.0 General

 The Cycle-Station project is intended as a state-of-the-art fusion of EcoDesign, Green Architecture and New Media Technologies to create both urban and rural multi-purpose rest and recreational overnight stay centres for servicing and supporting the development and use of the countrywide Cycle Network.

Designed to facilitate the increased and diverse uses of the Cycle Network, removing many of the dependencies of motorised transport, and using the opportunity to connect cyclists (and others) to local natural environments, Cycle-Stations are conceived as a network or chain of centres across a substantial region of the country to provide an integrated and consistent network, much like Youth Hostels or Motorway Service Stations, for people to travel consecutively from and to.

The Cycle-Station project is one segment of a larger Design and Sustainable Transport project known as Solar-Stations intended as a contribution in the dialogue and practical realisation of an integrated and sustainable transport infrastructure across the country. Both the larger and the particular projects integrate strands of several parallel disciplines to envision hybrids which appear conceptually obvious though as yet apparently not thoroughly explored.

Cycle-Stations are multi-purpose and can include a wide variety of facilities and functions; these are explored further below. At it's core are the themes of connectivity and integration; drawing somewhat disparate strands into an integrated whole and making conscious the connectivities between these differences.

The project engages many of the current environmental problems afflicting contemporary Western society, specifically the challenge of remaking our choices of transportation.

The Transport crisis - congestion, pollution, Climate Change, fossil fuels

The Despoiliation of the environment

Eco-Literacy and environmental education

Health

 

Whilst the intention of the buildings is to nurture the development of a culture of sustainable travel, through supporting bicycle and other sustainable means, through the modal shift of car users from road to cycle path, it goes considerably further by integrating a raft of other low energy options into an integrated hybrid and holistic design. So the Cycle-Stations are designed from thorough-going Green Architectural principles becoming low energy users themselves. Their energy uses may indeed be powered from sustainable sources, wind-power, for instance, and within the Stations there are educational facilities using the natural habitat encountered on or near the cycle-paths as the source and basis of the learning facilities.

The key objectives therefore include;

a modal shift: To decrease the current dependence of society on the car culture, and to help in the modal shift towards a post-car dependency low energy transport system

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