I don’t know if I mentioned it beforehand, but Mark Sanders was a keynote speaker at the Taipei Cycle Show yesterday. He spoke about his work as a bike designer, but the primary focus of his presentation was, in his words, “how alternative and universal bike design may be a help in attracting more people to bikes as transport.” Basically he talked about the idea of designing for the vast blue ocean of non-cyclist out there, a subject that many of you will remember from his guest post on Bicycle Design. According to Mark, the response to his keynote presentation was very positive… certainly news that I am glad to hear.
Now that the presentation is over, Mark’s Powerpoint slides are available for download on his website. You can choose to download the original Powerpoint file or a pdf version with or without his notes. In addition to the files posted on the MAS Design site, Carlton Reid created an online flipbook version of the presentation (and the same thing with notes here). Whichever way you want to view it, I recommend taking a look. It is great that Mark made this presentation to industry leaders at the show, but it is even better that he is making it available for everyone to see.
You may remember that Mark was one of the jurors in the recent Bicycle Design commuter bike design competition. Some of the ideas that we discussed as a jury while reviewing the competition entries were reflected in his presentation. You will even notice renderings from a few of the finalists shown on slide 21. Pretty cool! I really appreciate the fact that Mark took this opportunity to share his perspective on the subject of transportation oriented bicycle design with the audience at the show. Let’s just hope that the industry was listening.