Smartstreets-Cyclepark™ (Transformational Bike Parking) by Chris Garcin and Andrew Farish Smartstreets Ltd
2013 - 2014, Platinum A' Street Furniture Design Award Winner
Cities, campuses and other shared spaces often experience problems with random, unauthorized bicycle parking and bicycle theft. Cyclists will lock bikes as close as possible to a destination and will use a sign post, railing or lamp post in the absence of official bike parking facilities. This design improves official bike parking opportunities without adding clutter, by transforming existing sign posts into secure bike parking for two bicycles and stops bikes collapsing into trip hazards.
The Smartstreets-Cyclepark is made from two identical sub assemblies which bolt together securely around any size or shape of lamp column or sign post to facilitate secure bike parking either side of street sign posts and lamp posts. It fits in minutes enabling rapid improvement of bike parking facilities across urban areas and other shared spaces such as Univeristy campuses. Made from stainless steel tube it is durable, corrosion resistant and can be RAL colour matched to. The product is fully refurbishable and recyclable. Other versions are available for walls, railings and bollards.
Design Challenges
The challenge was to create a product which would install quickly and easily to encourage cycling in urban areas. The objective was to transform existing sign posts and lamp columns to make cities more bicycle friendly by increasing bicycle security without adding clutter to the street scene. The solution needed to be suitable aesthetically for any infrastructure, traditional or contemporary - and had to be capable of being rapidly reconfigured for any size or style of column or bollard to offer a consistent facility
Production Technology
The design was developed to facilitate production of a wide variety of sizes and configurations of Cyclepark quickly without the need for expensive tooling. The manufacturing process requires tube bending and traditional sheet metal fabrication techniques. This enables very rapid development of new sizes which is important due to the diverse range of post, column, bollard and other street furniture sizes and shapes present in urban areas which the equipment is required to fit to.
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