If you’ve ever brought a bike along on a flight or packed up the parts to ship across the country, you know that trying to move a bike around is expensive. It also tends to slightly offset some of the environmental benefits of riding, since a box holding a bulky frame takes up a lot of space on a delivery truck. That’s why this new design concept shrinks down a bike so it fits in a backpack.
Like a lot of cities that want to encourage more people to bike, the town of Drammer, Norway, had a parking problem: There just weren’t enough bike racks to go around. So the city built a “bike hotel.”
At first glance, the Jyrobike looks a little like magic: Give it a push down the sidewalk, and it rolls along by itself, staying completely upright. The secret is a quickly-spinning disc inside the front wheel, which uses gyroscopic force to automatically balance the small bike whenever it starts to wobble.
By day, this plaid shirt looks like an ordinary button-down. As soon as it gets dark, the design reveals another side: Special retroreflective stripes shine under streetlights or headlights, making it ideally suited for bike commuting.
“It’s the same technology that they use in street signs,” says designer Steven B. Wheeler from Betabrand, the crowdfunded clothing company that produced the shirt. “It’s surprisingly bright, because it focuses all of the light directly back.”
Inspired by cats and mice, students competing in a biomimicry design challenge found a unique way to signal that a cyclist needs some space on the road.
The Blaze Light projects a green image of a bike a few feet in front of its wheel, effectively elongating the bike’s footprint on the road and warning drivers of its presence.
“Who doesn’t love hitting a gong? It’s an indisputably awesome activity.”
New gear to keep you safe riding your bike at night, and looking badass while you’re at it.
“As long as the driver has his headlights on, the biker will be visible for as far as the eyes can see.”
Could cycling get any better for the planet? This design concept imagines a far greener bike than the standard metal frames in use today. More> Co.Exist
For cyclists, a drone to fly in front of and behind you to warn of upcoming danger.