Will Electric Bicycles Play a Role in the Future Urban Landscape?

Not long ago, a researcher working at the Lawrence Berkeley National Labs in Berkeley, CA was looking for a healthy way to get to work. The labs sit atop a very steep hill, so biking to the office was exhausting. The researcher would invariably arrive drenched in sweat and needing to shower before work. Alternative options like the shuttle service proved inconvenient, so he began exploring electric bicycles, which use a motor to assist the rider’s pedal power. Since none of the models on the market had enough power to make it up the steep hill, he built his own electric bike with carefully chosen components that gave it enough power to get him up the hill without breaking a … read more

Human Error? No, Bad Design
By Don Norman Editor’s Note:  We look forward to welcoming Don Norman and Patrick Whitney to PARC Forum this Tuesday, July 1. Register today and… read more
Three Ways to Tame Disruption
Disruptive Discourse There’s been a lot of talk this past week in the press about disruptive innovation. What it is and what it isn’t. The… read more