• Trey Hahn

20 Methods for a Bicycle User Experience (BUX)

Updated: May 15



How might we design for how everyday people feel while riding a bike? How can we make everyday biking widespread and inclusive through user-centered street design?


The Bicycle User Experience (BUX) approach brings human-centered design methods and street design for everyday biking together to do this. The interdisciplinary, user-centered approach creates practical, comfortable and usable bike infrastructure that is integrated into the specific context of the community.


This blog has explored 16 methods for realizing this goal, and along with the 4 original methods there are now a total of 20 methods that can be deployed to design a BUX:


  1. Personas

  2. Heuristic Evaluation

  3. User Experience Mapping

  4. Directed Storytelling

  5. Think Aloud - Ride Along

  6. Simulation Exercises

  7. Love Letters & Breakup Letters

  8. Idea Surfaces

  9. Critical Incident Analysis

  10. Artifact Analysis

  11. A/B Testing

  12. Competitive Analysis

  13. Evaluative Research

  14. Task Breakdown

  15. Emotional Analysis

  16. Spatial Footprint Assessment

  17. Touchstone Tours

  18. Street Space Utilization Inventory

  19. Stakeholder Opportunity Analysis

  20. Stakeholder Gaming


So far, we've only done an initial exploration of these methods- each one will have to develop more with time and be tried out in practice.


Eventually, this may evolve into a booklet or kit that planners can use at work to make streets where people of all backgrounds can comfortably and efficiently ride bikes.

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