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After observing cyclists interact with current New York City bike-racks, we found that users often chose other structures like trees, parking met… Read More
After observing cyclists interact with current New York City bike-racks, we found that users often chose other structures like trees, parking meters and signposts to secure their bikes, instead of using bike-racks. We conducted a series of interviews and concluded that some determining factors are proximity to destination and user’s dislike for parking between other bikes, as some current racks require. Given our observations, we set out to give people what they prefer. We designed a ‘pole’ bike-rack much like the trees, parking meters and signposts which people most often chose, and we added a simple feature that greatly improves upon use of an ordinary pole. We added a three-dimensional twist in the pole to increase locking opportunities as well as to prevent locks from sliding to the ground. The twist keeps bikes distanced from one another as they are locked to either side of the pole and it also creates individual locking points for the two separate users. The Bike Pole supports the bicycle upright on two points, enabling the frame and one or both wheels to be secured. We also added signage to make the rack easily identifiable and to promote use. The Bike Pole has a small footprint, it is economical, easy to install, space efficient, user-friendly and offers excellent security against theft. Read Less
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mkslv participated in the NYC Bike Stand competition with the NYC Bike Pole. Our approach highlights the need for bike fixtures to be ubiquitous since users do not discriminate between official bike racks and happenstance objects. Proximity and visibility are key.

In conjunction with team member Mesve Vardar, research was conducted into usability issues and current bike racks in New York and other cities. Concept development included scale prototypes and visual mash-ups.
Competition Website: nycityracks.wordpress.com/