A study on the female requirements of cycling in urban city

  • 張 雅筑

Student thesis: Master's Thesis

Abstract

Cycling in the city is becoming more and more popular For example the Netherlands Germany and Denmark are bicycle-friendly cities However countries such as United States Australia and Taiwan the bicycle rates are still very low The study found that in these countries there are gender imbalance in cycling In order to increase bicycle rate prior studies all indicated one key factor if increase women cycling rate the population of cyclists in the city will also increase Women tend to cycle less than men in Taiwan One of the main reasons is that most of the bicycles are designed for man but they ignore the needs of women In addition related polices and facilities tend to promote automobile culture in Taiwan Therefore we want to understand current condition of women cycling in urban using qualitative methodology and quantitative analysis we try to find design insights and provide solutions In traditional methods of service design most of them are qualitative the research results are easily too subjective and lack of objective evidences However if we only have data researchers may not observe user comprehensively and easily to ignore some hidden user needs Hence to understand the key factors of women cycling in urban city we use Shadowing and interviews to observe users Then we use a method for integration of the Kano model in Quality Function Deployment(QFD) in order to classify the needs and evaluate the priorities of design process Eventually we try to find out the attractive attributes which can satisfy women while cycling We summarize six main issues: (1)Cycle safety;(2)Anti-stealing;(3)Effort-saving;(4)Maintenance and fix(5)Unique food culture-take way(6)Social motivation Then we conduct a design workshop to develop the design solutions from six issues Finally we propose three prototypes of integral design: (1)Applied information system;(2)Charging and exchanging battery system of electric bicycle;(3) Space and service for bicycle community which can satisfy women’s six needs simultaneously In this study we want to provide safe confident and enjoyable bicycle riding experience for women What’s more we want to build cycle culture in city to create a friendly free and beautiful atmosphere
Date of Award2014 Aug 28
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorYuan-Chi Tseng (Supervisor)

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A study on the female requirements of cycling in urban city
雅筑, 張. (Author). 2014 Aug 28

Student thesis: Master's Thesis