A few weeks back we ran our Lock it or Lose it competition where we asked you for your best design led ideas on how to secure your bike so it wouldn’t get stolen.
Of course some of the ideas were a bit fanciful, if not showing a great deal of initiative. Today, we bring news of a real competition, underpinned by the UK Design Council, that aims to find new design-led ideas that may help cyclists store their bikes more securely and conveniently in a residential environment.
The competition could see the best ideas being made into fully functioning prototypes/products with the Design Council fully funding the development.
In the meantime, the Design Council is asking cyclists to complete a short survey to help generate data on how people store their bikes at home, what security measures they use, and find out if they have had their bike stolen from their home.
The survey and the responses from it are being administered by Bikeoff, an initiative of the Design Against Crime Research Centre at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, on behalf of the Design Council. Bikeoff aims to reduce bicycle theft through practice based design research.
The responses will be used by Bikeoff to help write briefs on how designers/design businesses should approach the Design Council competition.
By completing the survey, respondents will be entered into a prize draw for £100 of vouchers. The survey is open between now and Monday 3rd January 2011.
The survey can be found here.