I started making some changes to BikingToronto yesterday. These are changes I’ve been thinking about for a while.
You’ll notice the following design changes:
1. New title logo. Big. Bright. Simple. Sassy.
2. Less clutter. I cleaned stuff up… something I try to do once a year at least. I try to refocus on what is working/popular on the site and take away stuff that isn’t working or were just nice experiments at the time.
3. More emphasis on “The Feed“, which is BikingToronto’s collection of News and Events, from mostly Toronto, but other cities as well sometimes. These are links I often don’t have time to blog about, but share on the Facebook page and Twitter (@bikingtoronto), and wanted a way to share them on both the main page of BikingToronto as well as on “post pages”. You’ll see it down the right side of the site. There’s a link from /film in there now, because I was testing something.
There is also a big change in the features of the site:
4. I’ve taken away the “social” features of the site (ie. member pages, discussion forums, etc). They were not really being used and were an administrative nightmare, not even including the gigantic amount of spam member sign-ups. I thought about this change for a while, but finally felt good about de-activating these features as cycling discussion in Toronto is for the most part taking place on larger social networks. Facebook and Twitter are excellent places for like-minded people to come together, and this includes the bike community.
What all this means for BikingToronto:
Essentially, I’m re-focusing on what the main goal of BikingToronto was from the very beginning (way back in 2006)… namely to make it easy for someone interested in biking in Toronto to find information quickly and easily. Back in 2006 there were some mailing lists and some websites, but I started to try and compile and link to everything so people would not have to search for stuff like I had.
Going forward, BikingToronto will stick to that goal… of making information and news accessible from many sources and via many methods.
The only way to change the world is to work together, not against one another.