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journey 1 (13:00) RECREATIONAL duration

10min

duration

25min

duration

distance

2.1

distance

4.1

distance

miles

miles

journey 4 (17:00) RECREATIONAL

journey 3 (10:00) UNIVERSITY

journey 2 (14:00) SHOPPING

miles

22min 4.0

duration

27min

distance

4.8

miles

West Jesmond, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Stepney Lane, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

West Jesmond, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

West Jesmond, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Northumberland street

Metro Centre, Gateshead

Northumbria University

Nancy s Bordello

Northumberland street

Jesmond Deane

Bike left overnight

West Jesmond, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

- Taking my cable and U-locks with me was bulky, uncomfortable and took up space in my rucksack. - Lack of storage for extra unplanned items - Leaving bike for a long period of time over night in the city centre was nerve-racking

- Bikes lanes were old and hard to see when cycling - Arrived sweating which was uncomfortable for the rest of the day - Lack of storage for large items - locking process was frustrating with shopping

- Arriving to University sweaty and wet from the rain was frustrating - Busy morning traffic was intimerdating - Cars would block off the specified bike area at traffic stops or swerve into the bike lanes.

- Road conditions in the bke lanes was poor due to potholes, cracks and a build up of stones and rubbish - had to avoid cars parked in bike lanes - Lack of bike racks in these areas meant I had to lock bike on a suitable solid object away from the destination


USER RESEARCH

GEORGE 28 HEATON COMMUTES BY BIKE I use a different bike for commuting because I dont feel safe leaving it in the city centre whilst im at work. I usually lock the front wheel and frame together

DAVID 44 JESMOND COMMUTES BY BIKE

KATE 31 HEATON RECREATION & COMMUTES One big issue for me is the road maintenance such as the prevalence of potholes, protruding drain covers and glass on the road. I lock both my front and back wheels

ALEX 21 SANDYFORD OCCASIONALY CYCLES

I use the company bike shed for my expensive bike at the hospital which stops me worrying. I also feel there needs to be more cycle routes and better roads.

Safer and clearer cyling routes through the city would make me use my bike more often. It also annoys me how some cars park or drive on the cycle routes.

I ususally just use a D-lock around the front wheel and frame

I use more than one lock on my bike

ADAM 20 JESMOND COMMUTES BY BIKE

CLAIRE 28 HEATON RECREATION ONLY

I work at a bar at nights and I dont like to leave my bike overnight in town as it may get vandalised by drunks.

Pedestrians and dog walkers are the main issue for me, I have to quickly swerve out the way to avoid a collision.

I usually just use a cable lock through the frame which I then connect to the bike rack or pole

I use a cable to lock the front wheel and frame to the rack and a U-lock to secure the back wheel

From the first hand and user research we found out that the one issue that kept croping up was security Anxiety and the locking process.


I use a different bike for commuting because I dont feel safe leaving it in the city centre whilst im at work.

I work at a bar in town and I dont like to leave my bike overnight as it may get vandalised by drunks which ive seen happen.

Lugging around my heavy, cumbersome bike lock can be a nuisance. I always seem to misplace my keys


Conventional locks are the very definition of deadweight. While riding, they are an awkward, bulky, heavy burden. Many riders don’t have room to mount a bike lock on their frame because it is either already too crowded or the frame shape and size do not provide a possible placement. If either is the case, a user is forced to carry the lock in a separate bag or on their body somewhere, which can be uncomfortable and quite dangerous.


ISSUES U-lock

Strong, easy to use, frame mountable

Not flexible, bulky, vulnerable to power tools or saws

Cable lock

Compact, flexible, easy to carry, large locking area

Very weak, most common theft, quickly cut through with bolt cutters

Chain lock

Strong, large locking area

Extremley heavy, burden to carry, vulnerable to power tools and saws


Securing the back wheel only leaves the front wheel and frame at risk of theft

Back wheel and frame secured however front wheel is still at risk of theft

Securing the frame only leaves both wheels at risk of theft

Both front and back wheels are secured to frame minimising the risk of theft dramatically

Securing the front wheel only leaves the back wheel and frame at risk of theft

Front wheel and frame secured however back wheel is still at risk of theft


OUR CONCEPT

Our design proposal eradicates the need for the user to take their bike locks around on themselves whilst riding or carrying them around. This simple and secure bike rack security system locks the users bike with a flexible teeth mechanism that protects the wheels and frame, giving the user peace of mind.

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ERADICATES THE NEED TO BRING YOUR OWN BICYCLE LOCKS

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LOCKS BOTH WHEELS AND FRAME SECURELY

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QUICK AND EASY TO USE!


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RIDE

PARK

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FIND A FREE PARKING SPOT

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LOCK

With the use of the already tried and tested “POP� card system used by nexus, the bike rack would allow the user to ride their bike without having the hassle of riding and carrying bulky and tideos bicycle locks with them to work, shops etc. The user simply guides the bicycle into the bike rack where the teeth flex to fit around the wheels and frame. To lock and unlock the bicycle the user simply touches there POP card against the RFID card reader which either secures or releases the users bicycle.


ITERATIONS


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11 Electromagnet

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LOCKING MECHANISM 1

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Bars can move freely on springs bending around the vital locking points on the wheels and frame. This allows the user can easily guide their bicycle into the rack without having to touch a lock. Electromagnet created when the user scans their POP card, causes the bars to become rigid and therefore locking the bicycle in place.


IPHONE APPLICATION A 6 hour limit on the bike racks detracts users just leaving their bikes overnight for free allowing other bicycle users to use the service. A charge will be applied after the 6 hours is reached however the user can check how long they have left and extend how long their bicycle is left in the bike rack via the smart phone application. The user can also see available bike racks around the city and also use their smartphone to lock and unlock the bicycle.


THANK YOU

ANY QUESTIONS?


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