Bike Spikes: Safety Solution for Cyclists
Design Academy Eindhoven student Cesar van Rongen is developing a safety solution for cyclists travelling in adverse weather conditions like sleet, snow and rain. Bike Spikes are removable rubber tyre treads studded with iron spikes that provide traction, aiming to make “wintry slips and slides a thing of the past”.
The neon treads are easily attached to any city bike – flexible wires wrap around the tyre tread and can be adjusted to fit tyres of various sizes. In fairer weather, Bike Spikes can be taken off in an instant and compressed into a compact portable package.
If it progresses to the retail marketplace, this design could help improve the functionality of bikes as reliable commuter vehicles in a wider range of cities that experience diverse weather conditions. Read about other bike innovations in the Stylus report Eurobike 2012. For more on the growth of city cycling, see the Stylus report US Big City Cycling.