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Transforming the Williamsburg Bridge

Each day, thousands of workers bicycle across the Williamsburg Bridge: a vital connection between the Lower East Side of Manhattan and Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood. The combination of trains roaring by, cage-like enclosure and steep incline makes for a harrowing and difficult ride for some bicyclists. How might we instill delight and wonder into the experience?

Public Interfaces teammate Allison Shaw and I initially developed and prototyped concepts in anticipation of the New York City Bike Share program, such as, the installation of bicycle repair stations and a cafe (Fig. 1: concept; Fig. 2: prototype) along the bicycle path. A later concept—a reactive light display (Fig. 3)—was eventually refined over the course of the semester into a massive urban-scale interactive LED light installation. (Fig. 4)