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Brief Published: 14 Sep 2012

BMW Guggenheim Lab’s Dynamic Connections Map


Mobile laboratory BMW Guggenheim Lab – a travelling ideas incubator designed to inspire “innovative ideas for urban life” – has addressed the needs of Berlin’s large cycling community with the development of the Dynamic Connections Map. 

The crowdsourced map allows cyclists to rate routes based on their safety, centrality and general bike-friendliness by answering five questions. Because of the ability to give constant feedback, the updated map could allow commuters to identify the streets that they think should have cycling infrastructure and potential (but as yet unidentified) routes, and provide city officials with information on which routes are in need of improvement.

A joint initiative from German automaker BMW and the non-profit Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, the mobile BMW Guggenheim Lab will spend the next five years in transit to nine cities around the world. Launched in New York in 2011, it moved to Berlin in June 2012 and will set up in Mumbai later this year.

Led by international experts in urbanism, architecture, art, design, science, technology, education and sustainability, the Lab aims to produce solutions for city life through public programmes, experiments and discussion. Find our more in Stylus’ report BMW Guggenheim Lab: New York.

For more discussion on the evolution of cycling culture, see Stylus’ reports on international cycling conferences, Velo-city Global 2012, and this year’s Eurobike. Bike Shop Boom: Cycling Reimagined highlights the innovative approaches of bicycle retailers responding to the rise in popularity of cycling. And SkyCycle: Cycle Lanes Above the City showcases an unconventional design concept for London’s cycling routes.

Dynamic Connections Map 

BMW Guggenheim Lab