• Trey Hahn

Simulation Exercises Method

Updated: Dec 23, 2019

In addition to the 4 methods that served as the base for the Bicycle User Experience concept, this blog will be translating more human centered design methods to the context of street design for everyday biking. These blog posts are initial explorations.


The second method we'll explore is Simulation Exercises.



What: Test ride of a street by a planner/designer simulating restrictions of a potential user (e.g. a kid bringing a large backpack to school, a person going to work in a suit or dress) and their experience on the street.

Why: Gain empathy for and a firsthand understanding of what everyday people encounter on the street and the realities of their lives.

End Goal: Street designs that account for different types of users’ restrictions and seamlessly integrate the bike into their lives.


(Translated to the context of street design for everyday biking from traditional design method: Simulation Exercises.)

What are your thoughts? How do you think this method could be used in practice, and by whom (planners, advocacy groups, elected officials)?

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