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City-Specific Cycles

Punkt's 'Urban Mobility' Project Includes Bicycles for Different Cities

— April 11, 2017 — Art & Design
Punkt, a Swiss technology and design brand, recently unveiled its 'Urban Mobility' project at Milan design week. The project tasked students from three design schools around Europe with designing bicycles that address the specific needs in each of their cities' environments.

The three schools involved in Punkt's Urban Mobility project were London's Royal College of Art, Lausanne's Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne, and Design Academy Eindhoven.

The London bicycle was designed to appeal to the growing number of professionals using co-working spaces, as it's meant to be loaned out by offices. It also includes a detachable battery to prevent bike theft (an unfortunately common occurrence in London.) The Lausanne bike addresses the hilly terrain in the region, with a motor that collects energy when running downhill. Finally, the Eindhoven bicycle helps with the Dutch practice of riding two per bike, with a long bench-like seat and footrests near the back wheel.
Trend Themes
1. City-specific Bicycle Designs - Opportunities exist for bicycle and technology companies to create localized bicycle designs that cater to the unique needs of each city.
2. Smart Bicycle Technology - Innovative bicycle technology, such as detachable batteries and regenerative motors, can be developed to address the common challenges faced by urban cyclists.
3. Collaborative Design Projects - Cross-industry collaborations between educational institutions and product design firms can lead to unique and practical solutions to everyday problems.
Industry Implications
1. Bicycle Manufacturing - Bicycle manufacturers can leverage technology to create smarter and more efficient bike designs that cater to different cities' environments.
2. Technology - Technology companies could explore the development of specialized bicycle equipment, such as detachable batteries, for a more seamless and secure biking experience in urban areas.
3. Education - Educational institutions can collaborate with product design firms to create innovative design solutions that address the unique needs of urban dwellers.
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