The “Urban Bicycle” has won the 22nd International Bicycle Design Competition Merit Award. Link：
This project has been featured by Yanko Design. Link: http://www.yankodesign.com/2018/06/05/the-last-mile-made-easy/
Male urban commuters who usually cycle for short distance and need to bring their bicycle to some public spaces.
Concept of this design:
Because the target users would bring their bicycles to some public spaces such as public transportations, elevators and their offices, the bicycle's portability and space saving is very important. Through the research, There are mainly two problems for such urban commuters. First, it would be inconvenient for the person who carries a big bicycle to go into a crowded public space such as the buses or the elevators. The person would struggle to either walking through the crowded space or choose a place to stand. Second, it is hard to prevent getting dirty by the bicycle both during their riding and carrying for both the owner of the bicycle and the person standing beside especially in a crowded space. Besides those two main problems, I keep some other considerations in mind include how to improve the folding method to make it faster and easier, the security issue when the owner leaves their bicycle outside without supervising, the movability of the bicycle after being folding, the impact on the speed caused by small wheels, and creating an comfortable riding experience.
The bicycle takes less space after folding. It makes the bicycle easier to be carried and moved into the crowded public environment. As the chain and the gears are inside the body, there is no need to worry about getting dirty when the cyclist is riding it and carrying it. The folding process is inspired by the Swiss Pocket Knife and is easy and fast. Aluminum body and belt chain reduce the weight while retaining the stiffness and its performance. The bicycle has a bigger rear wheel (12" rear wheel, 10" front wheel) so that it reduces the influence of the speed caused by having small wheels. After folding, the bicycle is able to be moved simply by rolling the rear wheel. The angle of the handlebar can be adjusted for the most comfortable riding gesture. Also, the brake paddles can be attached to both side of the loop bar so that the user could choose which side to use. The loop handlebar can also be used as a lock system. The rider can open and close the handlebar simply by opening or close the coded lock that is built in it. After the handlebar is opened and been folded, they can be attached to the body by the magnets inside both on the handlebars and the body. The magnets fix the two parts of the handlebar on the body so that they won't be moved around especially in the crowded spaces. You can see all those features in the feature drawings.