Project Author: Ella Keijzer
Fietslabyrint is an interactive bike tour through historical city centers in the Netherlands and Europe. It is aimed at people who are not able to ride a bike outside. The tours are displayed on a screen that is connected to a bike exercise trainer. Along the way street names and the names and dates of construction of important buildings, such as the town hall, museums and churches, appear on the screen. At intersections you can choose to turn left or right, allowing you to explore the city in many different ways. Ambient sounds of traffic, children playing and dogs barking contribute to a real life cycling experience.
Explore historical city centers in a safe environment
Fietslabyrint is more than a nice bike tour. For those who cannot go outside to enjoy a bike ride, it is an opportunity to explore the world outside while cycling in a safe environment. Therefore Fietslabyrint is widely used in rehabilitation, elderly care and hospital departments.
Motivation to exercise
The route on the screen stops running when the cyclist stops moving, thus providing extra motivation to continue. Because of the beautiful views users no longer pay attention to the time and easily reach their necessary amount of exercise, without it being perceived as boring.
Sense of freedom and autonomy
The routes with options to choose left or right offer a possibility to explore a city in different ways. It also gives the user a sense of autonomy. The recent images and real life sounds keep people in touch with what is happening outside.
Especially for elderly people Fietslabyrint is also a social activity. The tours along streets and buildings of their former hometowns or other familiar environments often bring back valuable memories and thus provides a way for caretakers and fellow residents to start a conversation.