Bicycles perfect post-earthquake transportation method
Architect Ian McDonald's firm says disaster 'pods' equipped with bikes should be dispersed throughout the city
It might be time to add a bicycle to your emergency earthquake kit.
Architect Ian McDonald's firm is creating a disaster plan that includes 'pods' equipped with bicycles to help people survive if there's a major earthquake.
They're pitching the idea at the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference taking place in Vancouver this week. The conference — with over 1,000 city planners, engineers and advocates in attendance — focuses on increasing walking and cycling in communities.
McDonald says bikes are ideal after a catastrophe.
"Bikes are really remarkable actually. In contrast to other modes of transportation, they are at once nimble, and allow for you to travel fairly lengthy distances."
Bikes don't need gas and can navigate crumbling infrastructure, he adds, and they won't likely be buried underground in a seismically unstable parkade.
In the firm's hypothetical disaster scheme, pods would be dispersed throughout the city's neighbourhoods.
"They would support specifically the kinds of things you might need on a few city blocks," he explains.
Those things would include bicycles, medicine, spare parts, WiFi capacity, and possibly sleeping supplies.
McDonald imagines the pods would each be the size of a garden shed and would operate like a secure parking site, monitored by city officials or disaster response employees.
With files from The Early Edition
To listen to the interview, click on the link labelled Can bicycles be our saviour during an earthquake?