IllumiLane

Imagination Zone

IllumiLane

An interactive light up bike and walk way that integrates art into active transportation.

School:

SFU

Department:

Semester in Dialogue

Course:

Semester in Dialogue at CityStudio

Instructors:

Janet Moore and Duane Elverum

City of Vancouver Partners:

  • Emory Davidge, Engagement Specialist | NEFC Area Plan Project Team
  • Karen Henry, Senior Cultural Planner | Public Art, Planning & Facilities Development
  • Paul Krueger, Lead Planner | Transportation Planning

Student Team:

  • Jessica Broomfield | UBC
  • Sarah Duggan | SFU
  • Grace Lam | SFU
  • Thomas Nichini | UBC

Strategy:

  • Healthy City Strategy (HC)

City goal area(s):

  • North East False Creek Area Plan 11 Guiding Principles
  • Public Art Boost
  • Transportation 2040

Community partner:

Hfour Design Studio

Hfour is an experiential design studio. They create immersive experiences for branded environments, public spaces, and performance events. As specialists in art, design, technology, and storytelling, they provide a unique understanding of people’s innate desire for engagement.

Summary

IllumiLane is an interactive light up bike and walk way that integrates art into active transportation. Its purpose is to promote walking and cycling as safe, fun, and practical transportation choices, especially at night.

With the help of Hfour, the team built a 50 metre stretch of lights that uses pressure sensors to light up the cyclist path at their speed. If the cyclist rides below 20 km/h, they’re rewarded with a pulse of rainbow lights ahead of them. If the cyclist rides faster than 20 km/h, the lights flash red as a warning to slow down. Meanwhile, the pedestrian pathway lights up in a constant pattern of brightly coloured lights. Ultimately, IllumiLane improves visibility, safety, and attractiveness of the path at night.

The project successfully achieved these outcomes:

  • Promote walking and cycling as fun, practical, and healthy transportation choices
  • Support a positive cyclist-pedestrian relationship
  • Integrate art into active transportation infrastructure
  • Encourage interaction with public art at night

Many cyclists returned to re-ride the pathway and 90% of survey respondents wanted to see the project repeated or made permanent and provided positive feedback for future implementation. The team’s stewardship proposal suggests the City of Vancouver install IllumiLane permanently along the seawall at Stanley Park or False Creek, and for other organizations to recreate IllumiLane for events.

IllumiLane
IllumiLane

Next Steps

The team would like to thank Hfour for their expertise and valuable time they dedicated to our project. They’d also like to thank Portable Electric for their generous in-kind donation to provide the project with clean energy.