bikers rest by marcus abrahamsson for nola
 
bikers rest by marcus abrahamsson for nola
feb 12, 2013

bikers rest by marcus abrahamsson for nola

 

‘bikers rest’ by marcus abrahamsson for nola

 

 

traffic lights are annoying to motorists and cyclists alike. from within the comfort of a car, waiting at a red light is a matter of keeping a foot on the brake, but for cyclists, it can be a delicate balancing act – cyclists need to stay upright to quickly wheel out of the way of cars when the light turns green.

 

the ‘bikers rest’ bollard for nola by swedish designer marcus abrahamsson gives cyclists a footrest to lean against and a handle to hold on to while waiting for the light to change. the metal mesh insert on the footrest provides a grip to push off from, while the handle helps the cyclist maintain an upright position and contact with the saddle. crafted from tubular steel and extruded metal, the pillar coordinates well with most features in the urban landscape.

 

bikers rest by marcus abrahamsson for nola

rear view

 

 

bikers rest by marcus abrahamsson for nola

detail

 

 

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bikers rest by marcus abrahamsson for nola

bikers rest color variation

 

bikers rest by marcus abrahamsson for nola

  • I’m glad to see all responses, positive and negative, we are all in the game to improve everyday life here, in this case for cyclists. It is important as a designer to imagine a variety of situations and contexts when you design. You cannot, as many above, think “I don’t need this on MY way to school” nor “None of my young hip fixy bike friends need this”. You have to think further. Who is not commuting by bike today? Which aid could help to broaden the commuting mass?

    Here in Sweden and in, for example, Denmark and other countries working actively on an urban scale, so called “green highways” are established, these are traffic separated bicycle paths in to cities. For this and many other situations we have come to a conclusion that this product is needed. Right or wrong, time will tell. It is important that we stay experimental and challenge the current way we do things all the time. Isn’t it?

    As pointed out above, the concept is tested in Copenhagen (see link straight above). This was the starting point for the design, however, what we could see as a huge approval from this example was to instead of creating a barrier, we much rather aimed towards a pole, using the natural distance created by the size of a bike.

    Marcus Abrahamsson, designer and architect, Sweden

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