It can be said that a city’s public transportation system is a window into its heart. New York’s subway is gritty and strained, but far-reaching, democratic and utilitarian. London’s Tube is a mix of history (world’s oldest), functionality (longest in terms of length) and design contributions (the font for the signage was developed in 1916 by Edward Johnston). Vienna’s modern U-Banh is only 30 years old, but its roots go back to 1898. And while it lacks the sweep of larger city’s networks, like the Paris Metro, the little touches around the Vienna system stood out to me. Take this steel ramp on the side of a flight of stairs I encountered. Anyone who’s ever had to carry their bike up a long stairway will appreciate this addition, allowing riders to push their bike up the flight with relative ease, and making the combination of bike and train trips that much more realistic as a transit option. While this may seem like a trivial bit of “design” to some, it stopped me in my tracks, and made me appreciate the person (or persons) who took the time to make sure cyclists were considered in the transit planning process.