Many cities around the world — from New York City to Buenos Aires — are investing more in bike share systems as a form of public transportation. But the bikes don’t come with helmets, so riders must either bring their own — which can be cumbersome to carry around — or go without.
A new invention, called the EcoHelmet, may offer a solution. Made of paper, the device is collapsible, and is designed with bike share programs in mind. James Dyson Design Award The EcoHelmet.
On November 17, inventor Isis Shiffer won the 2016 International James Dyson Award, a prestigious design accolade given to university students, for the helmet design. Shiffer imagines the helmets could be sold in vending machines near bike share stations for $5 each.