United States Bicycling Hall of Fame
Last Updated: April 6, 2020
United States Bicycling Hall of Fame – Sharing the History of Bicycling
If you want to experience the rich history of bicycling in the United States, the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame (https://usbhof.org/) in downtown Davis, CA is the place to visit.
This former City of Davis community center, located in Davis’ Central Park, now houses three floors of bicycle memorabilia from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.
Originally founded in 1986 in Somerville ,NJ, the USBHOF found it’s new home in Davis in 2008
The usbhof.org website, from Abaton Consulting, provides a wonderful resource for bicycle enthusiasts and travelers who are interested in visiting our community and this wonderful bicycling museum.
This was a fantastic website project to work on. Many pieces came together to create this online bicycling history resource. Here are just a few items that were included in this project and by whom they were provided.
The USBHOF website was designed with a hero slider section. The client wanted to give website visitors an opportunity to view some of the wonderful aspects of the museum. The slider contains a series of four images.
The first image in the series is a composite of seven images. The images included in the composite cover a timeline from today and reaching back to the late 1800’s, around the time of the first documented bicycle race in 1878 in the Beacon Park area of Boston, MA. The images cover many aspects of bicycle competition from street racing, to Olympics, to BMX.
The second image in the series is from early oval-track racing. Hardwood floors and no helmets make for an exciting event.
The third and fourth images are photographs from the collection on display. One is an image of a signed racing bicycle and the other is an image showing the technical aspects of modern bicycle frames.
A graphic element is used as an overlay to the image series.
The color scheme for the website is based upon the information provided in the USBHOF style guide from Tackett+Barbaria, a design and marketing firm formerly based in Davis, CA and now based in Sacramento, CA.
The color scheme was used to create the various sections and website design elements such as buttons, gradients, and secondary background elements.
Using the logo, design elements, and color scheme provided by Tackett+Barbaria, Abaton Consulting created the graphic elements used in many location on the USBHOF website. The ultimate goal is to create a cohesive website design with the USBHOF logo and artwork as the primary element.
Graphic elements include bicycle sprockets, winner trophies, stars, and color gradients.
Mobile First/Responsive Website
The USBHOF website is a “mobile first responsive” design. The design is developed to render well first on a mobile device and then modified to render well on desktop devices. This makes both website and desktop versions fast and beautiful.
For mobile users, additional website elements are included; taking advantage of features that are inherent to mobile devices. These elements include:
- Click to Call buttons
- Mobile Navigation
- Email Integration
Responsive Website Design Elements
The USBHOF website includes a list of Inductees who have been admitted to the USBHOF Hall of Fame. The Inductees are selected through a nomination and voting process and ultimately included in the museum and on the website.
Inductee categories cover the following aspects of cycling in the United States.
- Road & Track pre 1945
- Road & Track post 1975
- Off Road
We had two options for listing USBHOF Inductees on the website. One was to create individual pages for each inductee. The other was to create a table listing the inductees, their respective category, and their year of induction.
The site was designed to evolve over time. The initial step was to create a sort-able table listing the Inductees and their info. As new people were inducted, individual pages, highlighting their achievements, would be created.
The website features a responsive table listing Inductees. This is nice for both desktop and mobile users.
With this website, stock photography would not work at all. The USBHOF archives are filled with images that document the history of cycling.
For the website, we used many of those pictures for the design.
We also provided some custom photography of the museum. Images below were provided by Abaton Consulting as an add-on service to the website design project.
The images from the custom photography were also used in brochures and flyers created by the USBHOF.
The museum at the USBHOF consists of three levels
Sponsor Board – Responsive
The animated sponsor board on the homepage is a nice feature for the website. It showcases the many sponsors of the USBHOF while using a limited amount of space.
The nice feature about this animated section of the website is that it is fully responsive. As the horizontal dimension decreases, the number of sponsor logos displayed also decreases. The display goes from five displayed images on the full-screen desktop down to one image displayed on a mobile device.
A nice feature for mobile users visiting Davis and the USBHOF.
Contact the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame
The United States Bicycling Hall of Fame (USBHOF) is located in downtown Davis at the corner of B St and 3rd St in Central Park. Visit their website and stop in for a truly “bicycle friendly” experience.
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