The Bike Design Project is a sponsored, but independent innovation platform for the urban utility bike.
High-level design firms were partnered with American bicycle craftsmen to collaboratively develop the next-wave urban bike. Five teams from the five cycling-centric cities New York, Chicago, Portland (Or), San Francisco and Seattle were competing to concept, create and champion their unique vision of tomorrow’s bicycle for the everyday rider.
The Bike Design Project is aimed at the citizens that don’t consider themselves “cyclists” – inciting the creation of new bike designs that meet their everyday needs and provide a better transportation experience. The results will have the potential to reshape urban mobility itself.
Each team developed a fully functional, road-tested prototype. High design and deep craft combine to create a very real and viable end product. Through the innovative partnership with Fuji Bikes, the winning bike design will move from concept to production, arriving at bike shops in 2015.
On July 25 there were reveal parties – one night, five parties, five cities. The competition was promoted via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and voting for everyone opened July 28. On August 4 the winner was announced ……… the Seattle team with their Denny bike.
Written on: Aug, 26 2014
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