As global concerns of energy conservation and environmental pollution increase, bicycles are once again becoming the vehicle of choice as a cleaner and more energy-efficient mode of transportation. This has brought a new challenge. Where will these bicycles be stored? Many countries such as the US and Korea are heavily promoting bicycle usage and implementing policies that can assist the increase of this transition. Simultaneously, even European cities that were previously known for heavy bicycle usage will also be facing the challenge of accommodating more bicycles as urbanization is bringing more and more people into the cities.
The Bike Hanger is a bicycle storage facility designed specifically for dense urban areas. Existing systems of bicycle storage facilities either take up large amounts of public space or rely heavily on electricity and computerization, leading to high operational costs and unnecessary energy consumption. The Bike Hanger, which has the capacity to vertically store up to 15 bicycles in a minimal amount of space, can be operated without any power, requiring only the simple pedaling motion of the user. Furthermore the main goal of its small footprint was so that it could be installed in narrow pockets of underutilized urban spaces allowing it to free up as much space as possible for pedestrians. The Bike Hanger was not designed with just function in mind, but with an industrial sensitivity to aesthetically compliment the busy urban environments it is meant to serve.
Text and images from: mfarch