2017 Sessions

In total, there were 30 fantastic TransportCamp sessions. Session notes were taken for each unconference session.  Each post includes all the essential session details, links and a summary of all the key points of discussion.

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Understanding why people move around

Session Details

Room: Regent

Format: Co design workshop

No. of attendees: 16

Host name: Ilya Fridman

Scribe: Sarah Roberts


The Game Board

Ilya’s research is on why people catch buses and how can we do that better.

Everyone gets an envelope and a sheet of paper (game board) and a deck of cards

  • Cards are based on the positive utility of travel. This is why people chose to be mobile and why they use a particular mode

  • These cards are based on literature findings, these findings are often broad and don’t help designers design and solve problems

These workshop normally include 4 to 6 people and the answers given are often honest and genuine.

  • The participants need to place the town hall image in one corner of their game board, and the house image in another corner.
  • Using the marker, draw a line between both points, representing the type of trip you took to here this morning.
  • Think about the different types of mobility you used to get here, attach the form of transport you used along the journey at the points that you used them.

Have a look through the deck of cards you have been given, pick three cards and write a comment on how this relates to your journey, why you chose this mode, or something that this mode is lacking. Pin these cards to your journey.

  •  If the mode you used wasn’t your ideal situation you can say you wish it was like this.

  •  What do you want that was missing, reflect back on the trip, what could it have done better?

  •  Everything is open to your interpretation

What were the group's findings?

  • Dropped off at Train, walked. Dropped off safe. Train therapeutic compared to driving, less stressful. Walk more pleasant.
  • Drove, walked. It is Friday can be more independent, countable to no one but self, you have control. This control was the biggest part of their decision.
  • Car, drove, walked, tram. Seek control, didn’t want to be suck in traffic. Planning ahead, pick up car and then drive down cost. Had more time this morning. Independence, rather walk than rely on train
  • Walk, train (normally cycle, but didn’t want to be sweaty). Wanted a bit of variety and adventure, use different routes, gets this from cycling
  • Walked, train, walked. Walk for physical exercise, can distress, train is therapeutic. Trains late, don’t worry someone else is dealing with it. Environment exposure, see how other people are, rain sun, varies the environment.
  • Drove (control, get off train and go home), Vline (safety, don’t want to drive back, exhausted), tram, (normally would walk, but tram was more convenient).
  • Walk, Train station (train delayed, lost control), tram (good to people watch)
  • Walk, tram, walk, for physical exercise, making ways to force walking, can get coffee, people watch, get sunshine, get here. Don’t need to do extra trip for car. Also for scenery, walking different ways each time
  • Walked, bus, weaved through people because the bus didn’t arrive. Like frequency of the bus service, but don’t like waiting too long, or the unpredictability. Safety, the cycling routes can be dangerous and stressful. Likes being zoned out, but the bus is a little jerky, so train is better, Seeking therapeutic trip.
  • Rode motorbike, but talking about bike, likes the sun and the outdoor experience. She is able to think, make to do lists. She has control and independence of it.
  • Bike, Love being outside, offices are too boxy. The journey time is always the same, independence and control.
  • Walk, tram, train, walk. Control, don’t like cars because don’t feel in control, people drive slow, PT and timetable gives him that control. Synergy, Myki, allows him to pay once between different modes. Walking and using timetable service, stops the worry about where to park, can’t park at train station unless you get there early.
  • Don’t like crowded trains so drove in. Can leave or start when they want. Don’t mind traffic, gives him the freedom to go where he wants. New car so needs to be careful where to park, doesn’t like to drive in the city. Then caught the tram, couldn’t walk because of medical condition. Trams is great because it is free. And then walk. Safe because the tram is safe and didn’t have to walk
  • Kiss and ride(station), train, walk. Sometimes need to take the bus instead of driving but doesn’t like that. 20 minutes to walk, walking in the arvo is fine but not in the morning. Would like to be independent and not rely on the lift or the bus, the bus is infrequent and doesn’t line up with the train, late or doesn’t arrive.
  • Walk dropped suitcase off at office, walked a new street and a new route. Took a detour to get here so more walking.
  • Walk, tram city, walked. Control, Only in Melbourne for a weeks but is anxious about using the PT. Uses google maps as a way of navigation.

The points that Ilya found interesting?

  • How people saw control and therapeutic value with the different modes of transport.
  • The way you drew your travel line was impacted by the mode you used.
  • The stories, linking the transport to the story you told, and how it attracted you.

How transport influences your life, not just about the daily commute, but what is happening in your life. Today is Friday so the transport changes

  • Kids also impact the way people travel.

Did anyone use a trip planning app to get to where they are going?

  • Google maps (common), PTV app (a few people). Other possible apps PTV, trip go, city mapper, ways, tram tracker.