Cycle Stations Project
Cyclestations - Riding on Empty

Riding On Empty: Designing our travel infrastructure for the end of Oil

The Cycle Stations Exhibition at the LFA 2010

Architectural and Design scenarios. Bicycles and bike accessories and infrastructure. Talks, films, picnics and guided cycle rides

Riding on Empty


June 19th to July 4th


main venue
12 Bermondsey Square, London SE1 3FD

outrider venues
special extra Riding on Empty exhibition sites at venues across London

Alan Baxters Engineers, the gallery
75 Cowcross St, Farringdon London, EC1M 6EL

Look Mum, No Hands
49 Old Street, London EC1V 9HX

Edward Cullinan Architects
And for the festival’s final weekend, from july 2nd through 4th Edward Cullinan Architects, 1 Baldwin Terrace, Islington, London N1 7RU


From june 19th through to july 4th Fourth Door Research’s Cycle-Stations Project takes over the second floor of Bermondsey Sq and showcases the upgraded Riding on Empty exhibition

Riding on Empty highlights the research and development work which has emerged from Fourth Door Research’s Cycle Station Project, from the Cycle Station prototype and evolving into a fully-fledged platform for exploring synergies between sustainable design and transport infrastructure.

Working with both major and emerging architectural practices this Cycle Station research and design is being further embedded into a range of design and infrastructure scenarios. Riding On Empty outlines core Cycle Stations themes, while also introducing a range of ideas informing the research. Principally architectural and design oriented, the exhibition also showcases further displays informed by new media, bicycle design and issues relating to sustainability and ecological understanding.

And also experimental, community and work bicycles as well as a range of cycle infrastructure and bike accessories, including cycle fashion, green design and new media.

free talks and films

22nd june 6 – 7.30 pm Bermondsey Sq
in gallery space and Bermondsey Square

Alex de Rijke – director dRMM Architects
Kay Hallett - Arts Officer from Sustrans head office, Bristol
Toby Carr - architect from Sarah Wigglesworth Architects

Talking about the SWarch Bike Shed Oliver Lowenstein
Followed by showing of Bicycle Thieves in the Shortwave cinema

29th june 6 – 7.30 pm Bermondsey Sq

in the gallery space

James Marriott, PLATFORM Director of social artists practice
Speaking about the future & politics of oil in relation to low energy transport – including cycling

Professor John Wood, Head of Design Futures MA, Goldsmiths College,
University of London, New Cross
Speaking about travel in relation to Attainable Utopias and MetaDesign

Mathias Gmachl - from sustainable designers Loop – talking about Loop’s ongoing research into urban agriculture and low energy transportation

Tom Bogdanowicz, Campaigns and Development Manager at the London Cycling Campaign and cycling author, talking about visions and reality in London cycling.

Tom has a new book out called The London Cycling Guide, featuring 30 London routes, see for more detail.

UPDATE - Regrettably Petropolis will not now be shown

1st July 6– 7.30 pm Alan Baxters Engineer's Gallery

75 Cowcross St, Farringdon

Bring your bikes! - This talk will begin at Alan Baxters wth Millimetre discussing their Skywalk bridge. After this the plan is to cycle to Bermondsey Square where the remaining talks will happen - along with seeing the exhibition. So, please remember to bring your bike!

Dan Gibbons from Bere Architects  talking about designing cycle-light railway infrastructure for the DLR

Steve Johnson – The Architecture Ensemble

designer of the Rura Cycle Station prototype, and long term Cycle-Stations Project architectural partner

Marc Thomas and Matt Risdale – Millimetre – talking about the Skywalk zero energy bridge.

Cycle Rides - Amsterdam Bycicles

cycle-rides – July 4th

UPDATE - Due to cancellations of some of the cycle guides and not being able to find others the cycle-ride segment of Riding on Empty is being cancelled. Apologies to all and any who were planning to participate.

CANCELLED - July 4th - The crossroads convergence cycle ride and grand end of the architecture festival picnic

CANCELLED - Cycle Architecture ride 1
Beginning from Bermondsey Sq and heading north to the Regents Park Canal, adjacent to Edward Cullinan Architects 1 Baldwin Terrace, Islington, London N1 7RU

With Oliver Lowenstein from the Cycle Stations Project, Toby Carr from Sarah Wigglesworth Architecture

CANCELLED - Cycle Biodiversity ride 2
Beginning from Walthamstow Wildlife Nature reserve, through Hackney Mashes, Newington Green, Dalston, Hackney Kingsland floating allotment and along Regents Park Canal for picnic outside Edward Cullinan Architects

With Michael Pawlyn from Exploration Architecture and Biodiversity and London ecological habitat expert – (to be confirmed)

CANCELLED - The Cycle-Foraging ride 3
Along Regents Park Canal

With Sophia Jones, (from Edward Cullinan Architects) and Wild food foraging expert, (to be confirmed) Foraging as you cycle

Affordable Forest Housing

Cycle Station - Riding On Empty