Kristen Morith has volunteered with BikeSpace as a UX Designer since April 2018. She speaks about her experiences on the project so far.
How did you get involved with BikeSpace?
I come from a background in transportation planning, which I got into because I was passionate about making cities more walkable and bikeable. I used to work in New York City and was really inspired by the work of Janette Sadik-Khan, who was the commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation from 2007-2013 at a time when the city was rolling out miles and miles of new bike lanes and a pedestrian plaza. I’m also an avid cyclist so this is the perfect project for me.
How would you describe your role as a UX Designer with BikeSpace?
I joined the project late in the game and have helped fine tune some of the main visual elements. As a newly minted UX Designer, I work on the flow of the screens by thinking about the order of the screens in terms of what feels natural and what the user would expect. I gave input on the wording of the survey questions by building upon my previous experience in transportation planning. I try to make the questions very explicit in what they are asking so there is no ambiguity.
Describe a winning moment with the BikeSpace?
This was the first project where I work side-by-side with developers and I can learn more about about the technical limitations and challenges they’re facing on their end. From the designer perspective, this can inform my decisions about what we can change in the design.
What makes BikeSpace unique?
It is particularly unique because of the partnership with the City of Toronto and other stakeholders like Cycle Toronto.
What keeps you busy when you’re not working on BikeSpace?
I am also involved in the Vision Zero Challenge, which dovetails with BikeSpace and there is an overlap in team members. It is a planning concept that came out of Sweden and has to do with reducing traffic deaths, especially of vulnerable road users that includes pedestrians and cyclists, to zero. Many cities around the world have adopted the challenge as a goal for their transportation infrastructure, so this project is a technological solution that will help city planners understand the data they have around road safety to prioritize and evaluate any changes they make.
This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.