With more and more people living in cities, increasing traffic congestions and commuting costs, bicycles become the number one option for a healthy, cheap and fast way for getting around town.Whereas places like Copenhagen, Amsterdam or Berlin have already established fame for their bicycle-friendliness, other cities are paving their way (literally) to give more space to cyclists. In tandem with this development, a number of startups have come up with amazing ideas to turn our daily bicycle ride into an even safer and more comfortable experience. And let’s admit it, there’s still a lot of room for improvement. We really could do without the hazzle of taking a heavy lock with, let the helmet ruin your hair for the rest of the day and not knowing how to find your way without daring to look at your phone. Luckily, we can look forward to some upgrades with the help of these five gadgets, some of which are still in the process of being developed and produced. But the wait might be worth-while.
CLYC – Your Phone is the Key
The Berlin-based startup CLYC aims to develop the first smart bicycle lock. As Co-Founder Michael Usher has pointed out correctly, there hasn’t been much innovation for bicycle locks since 1839. That’s why he wants to change that and take bicycle security to the digital level. Check out the video and you’ll understand why you wouldn’t want to live without CLYC anymore.
HAMMERHEAD – A GPS for Your Bicycle
Hammerhead is an elegant and safe tool that helps you navigate through the city. Connected to a navigation app this device indicates directions and speed with the help of LED indicators. Designed in New York City, one of the most challenging places to get around in a safe and comfortable way, so you don’t have to look at your phone anymore. Instead you can totally focus on enjoying your ride. The company just raised $190,086 of its initial $145,000 goal on the crowd-funding platform dragon innovation.
HÖVDING – The Invisible Bicycle Helmet
Hövding started out in 2005 as a master’s thesis by the two founders Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin, who, at the time, were studying Industrial Design at the University of Lund. Designed as an airbag for cyclists, this revolutionary device is “not only one of the safest helmets on the market, but also a discrete chameleon that easily becomes part of your outfit using the changeable shell.”