MaDE Student Promotes Cycling Safety
Not only have the number of bike commuters increased by a staggering 46 percent from 2000 to 2010, but now bike-sharing service Divvy has also recently expanded to the city. From a sustainability standpoint, this rapidly rising number is exciting. But from a safety standpoint, it’s a little nerve-wracking, as more bicycles mean more bicycle accidents.
Northwestern Engineering senior Charles Tokowitz has helped the City of Evanston plan for the influx of new bikers. Two years ago, Tokowitz was a member of a Design for America team tasked with using human-centered design to improve cycling safety for cyclists and drivers. His team developed informational road signs that both promote bikers’ use of hand signals and educate all road users on the signals’ meanings.