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Chen You Chien

New York, NY, United States

Member since September 08, 2008


  • Survey A + B

    Well-being, Industrial Design

    Survey A: The survey is designed for everyone (people who ride or not ride bicycle) for me to have some ideas on how people think about bike riding in NYC.

    Survey

    When you hear the word “Bicycle”, what can you relate to?

    Please define a cyclist. (Or who rides bicycle and what do you think of them.)

    Are you aware of any newly constructed infrastructures dedicated to bicycle in NYC?

    If you have an opportunity to ride bicycle in NYC, will you do so? If not, why?

    If you have a bike, what function do you want your bike to have?

    1. Large Pedal
    2. Many Speed to switch (Multi Gear)
    3. Large Wheel (26” ,28”)
    4. Small Wheel (16”, 20”)
    5. Foldable
    6. Glow in the dark
    7. Power Assist (Motor or Battery)
    8. Front and back light
    9. Rear Rack
    10. Fenders
    11. Locks (Integrated into bike)
    12. Locks (Separated and portable)
    13. Others

    Following the previous question, if you chose #13 “Others” function you would like your bike to have, please list them.

    I have received 10 responses out of 30 sent out with 34% response rate. Everyone answered question 1 to 12 except question 13 with only 4 answers provided.

    Most of them define bicycle as something fun, healthy, and environmental friendly. When been ask to define cyclists, they think it is someone with healthy body.

    Many of them did not have knowledge about any newly constructed infrastructure for bicycle in NYC. Many of them would like to try riding bicycle in Manhattan when the environment becomes safer. Some of them suggest government reward for citizens to ...

  • Numberzzzzzzzzz & Statisticzzzzzzzzzz

    Well-being, Industrial Design

    According to a survey done by city of New York department of city planning transportation division in may 2007 (in 6th months period with 1086 people took survey)

    New York City Bicycle Survey, 2007

    When riding on street, the majority of riders prefer streets with bike lanes and signs.(93%)

    The majority of cyclists prefer riding on off-street bike facilities to on-street (76%)

    Cyclist categorized more bike lanes with buffers and greenways as the most important designs to be implemented

    The majority of cyclist want more on-street bike racks (95%)

    The majority of interviewees say they do not ride bicycle to work because there are too much traffic and bad driver behavior (80%)

    Commuting cyclist most often encounter problems with vehicles not sharing the roadway and vehicles parked in bike lanes.

    The average commute time for cyclists is 35 minutes

    At the work places, 52% park their bike outdoor and 48% park indoor.

  • Numberzzzzzzzzz & Statisticzzzzzzzzzz

    Well-being, Industrial Design

    According to a survey done by city of New York department of city planning transportation division in may 2007 (in 6th months period with 1086 people took survey)

    New York City Bicycle Survey, 2007

    When riding on street, the majority of riders prefer streets with bike lanes and signs.(93%)

    The majority of cyclists prefer riding on off-street bike facilities to on-street (76%)

    Cyclist categorized more bike lanes with buffers and greenways as the most important designs to be implemented

    The majority of cyclist want more on-street bike racks (95%)

    The majority of interviewees say they do not ride bicycle to work because there are too much traffic and bad driver behavior (80%)

    Commuting cyclist most often encounter problems with vehicles not sharing the roadway and vehicles parked in bike lanes.

    The average commute time for cyclists is 35 minutes

    At the work places, 52% park their bike outdoor and 48% park indoor.

  • NFP-NFP-NFP-NFP-NFP-NFP-NFP-NFP

    Well-being, Industrial Design

    Transportation Alternative is my main NFP where i hope can get information from the most. I have got into contact with Caroline Samponaro, whi is the organization's Director of Bicycle Advocacy. But she is very busy and only wants to use email to communicate only. she has not relpy my email yet even with a phone call I made next day to ask about the status.

    I have also contact with other similar NFP in the field with email to obtain some informations.

    They are

    Tri-State Transportation Campaign (The organization that i worked with before0 Michelle Ernst is the staff analyst at the organization

    TIME’S UP!

    New York Bicycling Coalitions

  • Interview with Food Delivery Personnel: CASE 5

    Well-being, Industrial Design

    Who: Hassam

    Position: Pizza Restaurant Delivery

    1. Do you own the bicycle you use for delivery? A: Yes, I own the bicycle.

    2. What do you think is the most dangerous situation on the road during delivery? A: Yellow Taxis are the most dangerous. Also it is dangerous when we ride in raining day because brake don’t work that well.

    **3. What do you think is a good improvement to current brake you have? A: I like the hydraulic brakes that some of the higher-end bike have. I think that is a good addition to my bike and can provide a safer trip for me during raining or snowing day.

    4. Do you wear helmet? A: Yes I do.

    5. Do you have front and back light? A: I have a back light and I clip it to my clothes.

    6. Where do you put your pizza when doing delivery? Do you like to have a basket in the front? A: I have a flat rear rack (about 17” x 17”) to place pizzas I deliver. A basket is good also.

    7. How many pizza do you deliver a day? A: I deliver around 30 to 40 pizzas a day.

    8. How long do you work a day? A: I work around 8 hours a day.

    9. Do you use bike lanes or go with traffic when making delivery? A: I use bike lanes but also take the faster routes.

    10. How far do you deliver? A. West 14th St. to West 31st St. & The Village West of Hudson St.

    ...
  • Interview with Food Delivery Personnel: CASE 4

    Well-being, Industrial Design

    Who: Mr. Wong

    Position: Vietnamese Restaurant Delivery

    1. Do you own the bicycle you use for delivery? A: Yes, I own the bicycle.

    2. I see you have black tapes all over your bike frame and plastic bags over your seat, can you tell me why? A: The black tapes are there to protect bike frame because we put bike locks around it. The plastic bag over the seat is to protect the seat against rain. (But there might be more to it because he was kind of hesitant to talk about it and did not answer to the question before I ask him the third time.)

    3. What do you think is the most dangerous situation on the road during delivery? A: Taxis are the most dangerous because they don’t use turning signals and they cut off my lanes without warning. Also dooring from people exiting taxi is also very dangerous.

    4. Do you wear helmet? A: No I don’t use one because if I got into accident, I don’t think it will be useful.

    5. Do you use front and back light? A No, because I don’t think they come in useful.

    6. How many delivery people are in the restaurant you serve in? A: There are three of us.

    7. How many delivery do you have to make a day? A: Around 30 deliveries a day. Sometimes I have to carry 7 to 8 bags of food with me and have to deliver all of them in a very short time frame because people start to complain and called the restaurant after 20 minutes and they will cancel the food if it is more than 40 minutes to an hour.

    8. ...

  • Interview with Food Delivery Personnel CASE 3

    Well-being, Industrial Design

    Who: Mr. Chan

    Position: Japanese Restaurant Delivery

    1. Do you own the bike you are using for delivery? A: Yes, we have to own our own bikes.

    2. What is the most dangerous situation you find when making delivery? A: Those taxis are the worst because they often cut your lane off to pick up customers. A lot of time they don’t use turn signals, which is very dangerous for us. Also a lot of times people in the taxis just open doors without noticing us and this is where a lot of accidents happened.

    3. Do you wear helmet when making delivery? A: Sometimes when it is too hot, it is not easy to wear the helmet all day.

    4. Do you have front or back light on your bicycle? A: I have front and back light on my bicycle.

    5. Do you always lock your bicycle even if you just leave for 30 second to give food to the customers? A: Yes, I always lock my bicycle no matter how long it takes to make delivery.

    6. How do you take care of your bicycle? A: My routine is that I wash it every week and pump air into tires. I also repairs tires myself if there is any puncture holes because it is too expensive to let bicycle shop to fix.

    7. How many delivery personnel are in the restaurant? A: We only have two people so it is often very busy and we have to make delivery in around 20 to 30 minutes.

    8. What do you think would be a good addition to your bicycle to make delivery experience better? A: I think a tighter brake is good.

    9. I talked t...

  • Interview with Food Delivery Personnel CASE 2

    Well-being, Industrial Design

    Who: Unknown

    Position: Southern Asia food Restaurant Delivery

    *Interview with this gentleman is hard because he speaks little English so some of the answers are sum up by me after piecing through his sentences.

    1. Do you own the bike you are using for delivery? A: Yes

    2. What is the most dangerous situation you find when making delivery? A: cars making turn without knowing his presence and taxis that cut in front of him without looking for picking up or dropping off customers.

    3. Do you wear helmet when riding bicycle? A: Yes

    4. Do you have front and back lights on your bicycle? A: I have a back light.

    5. I see you have a reflective vast, is this from the restaurants? A: Yes

    6. Do you always lock your bicycle when going out making delivery? A: Yes

    7. Even if it only takes you a minute to delivery it to the customers and come back down, you would still lock it? A: Yes

    8. I see you have installed fenders for front and back wheel, even underneath of the bike frame, why? A: They are good to prevent mud and dirt. Each piece cost $ 35 dollars.

    9. What do you think is a good addition to your bicycle? A: … (The answer remains a mystery. He tried to say something but didn’t know how to say it in English.)

    ...
  • Who: Mr.Lou

    Position: Chinese Restaurant Delivery

    Mr. Liu and I had a phone interview two days after our initial contact. This time he told me that there is something that he thinks might benefit him while doing delivery.

    Questions: 1. You say there is some design changes that can be done to make your delivery work better? A: I would like to have bullhorns at both end of my handlebar so if an accident happened, my hand can be protected by them. But these bullhorns have to be shorter than the one they have on the market so they won’t accidentally hock onto or knock off things and people. Other than that, I think a better brake is good, too.

    2. How many delivery people are in the restaurant you serve in? A: There are three of us.

    3. How far do you deliver by bicycle? A: From our restaurants up north to 25th street is the furthest we would go by bicycle (around 1.5 miles) because time is very important and we sometimes have to make several deliveries each trip.

    4. I see that on your menus you also can deliver by moped and car? A: Yes, but since delivery with scooters you need a license, we usually do not do that unless it is too busy. The fine is too expensive. Our boss is the one who usually rides the scooters for delivery that are too far for bicycles.

  • According to packaged facts, year 2007 is a big success for sustainable apparel markets with a total of $3 billion dollars, a small portion of $450 billion global market but is expected to grow significatly in year 2008 and beyond. The reason of such growth are due to increase interests from entrepreneurs and professionals conas well as consumer awareness of environmental and social issues specific to textile production.

    Below are a lists of concepts of "sustainable apparels": (Information from Article of "Market for Sustainable Apparel"

    Use of certified organic natural fibers (wool, cotton, linen) Use of highly renewable fibers (bamboo, soy) Use of low-impact synthetic or recycled fibers Use of non-toxic or reduced-toxicity fiber processes and treatments Use of low-impact or natural dyes Design and color choices aimed at longevity rather than planned obsolescence Fair trade, ethical labor practices, and elimination of child labor and other exploitation Reduced energy use throughout the product life cycle Minimal or environmentally appropriate packaging

    News Report from Reuters:

    Hold On to Your Organic Hat, the Global Sustainable Apparel Market Is Going to Skyrocket

    Articles from Packaged Facts:

    International Market for Sustainable \Green\ Apparel

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My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design