Hello ladies and gentlemen,
My name is John. I am of course a touring cyclist as I assume everyone else here is. But for the moment I am between tours and so doing some work instead.
So I am doing a project in Frankfurt, Germany. My goal is to increase the number of people cycling in the city and this project is specifically looking at cycling to work (for the moment). Whilst this project is specific to Frankfurt the concept isn't at all and so I would love any feedback or suggestions from a community of fellow bike-lovers.
I am creating a website which aims to provide, or link to, everything someone would want for cycling to work. For example it will list all the bike shops in Frankfurt for various purposes (new bikes, second hand, repairs, hire). It will link to bike maps of the city and route planners. There will be a section on the cycling laws in the city, government plans for future infrastructure, a user-produced list of problem spots and campaigns for change. It will host print-out posters on the benefits of cycling for both the employee and employer. It will offer advice to employers on why they should encourage people to cycle in and how they can help them do it (schemes, showers, bike lockers...). It will have a feed of local and global cycling news, local events and blogs. Finally, and most importantly in my mind, it will have a forum and gallery.
The reason I want to create this site is that I don't think there is a comprehensive site for this information in Frankfurt, and I think having one place will make it easier for people to access what they need. It's not so much to convince people to cycle to work, but more for people who would like to anyway but don't think it is feasible for them. I also think it's important that this site is user-created and user-influenced - it will work best if it creates or taps into a community. So I am contacting cyclists in the area to become a part of the project, but I would also love other people's (your) opinions. The site doesn't need to generate money (I am paid for the project already), but I really want it to be a success if it can be.
So please let me know if you think such a site would be beneficial to you or others in your own town or city, what you would want from such a site and what you think it should do for you. Thanks in advance for any feedback.