The Hands Off My Bike Challenge

by Gkam84   December 5, 2012  

So I know there are some designers here, get your thinking caps on, head over here and if you win, I want a cut for the referral Devil Devil Devil

Bikes have always been targets for thieves. Cyclists are more likely to have their bikes stolen than motorcyclists or car owners. Last year over 500,000 bikes were stolen in the UK (one each minute), with a recovery rate of under 5 per cent. It has been estimated that of the 17 per cent of cyclists that experience bicycle theft, 66 per cent cycle less often and 24 per cent stop altogether.

The Hands Off My Bike Challenge Prize is calling on people from all over the UK to come up with breakthrough innovations to make it more difficult to steal bikes and have the potential to increase numbers of people cycling in the UK.

The winning innovation will be the one that requires the longest time to steal the bike. The innovation will be also judged on the impact on the environment, cost and potential for commercialisation and/or implementation at scale.

The winner will receive a prize of £50,000.

Judges may also decide to recognise a runner up innovation or innovations at their discretion.

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Poo on the handlebars.

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3316 posts]
5th December 2012 - 17:19


nesta wrote:
The winning innovation will be the one that requires the longest time to steal the bike

my idea's just to encase the bike in metre-thick concrete. if time to steal is the only criterion for winning, i'm in with a good shout i reckon

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7433 posts]
5th December 2012 - 17:46


Internal bike parking is the simple solution to this. Whilst bikes are locked up on the street, no lock, however strong, will ever be good enough.

Nesta's competition is firing in the wrong direction. Do you really think that companies like Kryptonite are not already ploughing millions into R and D?

posted by Mountain goat [9 posts]
5th December 2012 - 17:52