Aside from fear of injury by way of large vehicles, cyclists’ have a few other concerns. Helmet hair and lugging groceries on two wheels might prove unsightly or uncomfortable, but those inconveniences are pretty minimal compared to returning from errands only to find that your mode of transportation was stolen.
Figuring out even an estimate of the number of bike thefts each year is no easy task. Number ranges from 800,000 to two million, with the FBI and National Bike Registry reporting $350 million worth of stolen bikes and parts in 2012, according to NPR. That’s because determine bike nabbers have found ways to remove even what appears to be the sturdiest of bike locks.
Hoping to curb bike theft by reinventing locks, three Chilean students developed the Yerka Project, a bicycle that uses its own parts to secure itself.
When cyclists are ready to attach their bike to a sturdy pole or lamppost, the lower beam of the bike extends into two separate parts. The biker removes the seat, and inserts the steel pipe seat through the two extensions to lock it in place.
The bike is deemed “unstealable” because in order to remove it from its post, thieves would have to saw through the bike’s frame, rendering it unusable. It also means you don’t have to lug around an extra lock when cycling.
Currently, a key secures the seat to the extensions, but the developers are looking into Bluetooth technology that will allow users to lock and unlock their bike with iPhones of Androids, The Washington Post reports.
You can begin funding the Yerka Project’s Indiegogo campaign, which just launched today. The young entrepreneurs anticipate shipping the bikes as early as September of this year, with the final product running $399.
Top photo courtesy of the Yerka Project