Using public transportation in a city new to you? With Trajetos you get off the bus at the right spot whilst learning about surrounding places of interest. It works on the browser so you don’t have to download anything.

The app works by tapping into the user’s smartphone location data and placing it in a timeline-like interface which lists the next bus stops, road names, points of interest and street view images. The user can also open a map to get a bird’s-eye view of the bus route.

The inspiration for this project came from the general lack of mass transit information and the fact that many people in Vitória still use landmarks like the main part when asking for directions.

In the orientation process, the strategic link is the image of the environment, the generalist mental image of the exterior world held by the subject. This image is the product of the immediate perception and past experienced memories. (Lynch, 1980).

In The Image of the City, Kevin Lynch lists five distinct urban elements which are fundamental to how the urban environment is observed and understood:

  • paths — the streets, sidewalks, trails, and other channels in which people travel;
  • edges — perceived boundaries such as walls, buildings, and shorelines;
  • districts — relatively large sections of the city distinguished by some identity or character;
  • nodes — focal points, intersections or loci;
  • landmarks — readily identifiable objects which serve as external reference points.