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by Mark Zalewski
November 18, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Alex Dowsett announces another hour record attempt; UCI provisionally suspends two Team Funvic Soul Cycles-Carrefour riders for CERA positive; Brailsford accepts invitation for Parliament hearing; Changes to Koksijde World Cup course; Rally Cycling finalises women’s roster; Team Novo Nordisk announces roster; Four British cyclists nominated as BT Sport Action Woman of the Year; Recyclable, folding paper cycling helmet wins James Dyson Award; For the Hell of it – A film dedicated to pedaling; We have been using rollers the wrong way; 1962 record speed attempt; One way to ask for better bike facilities in your office.
A recyclable, folding cycling helmet made out of paper has won this year’s international James Dyson Award. The EcoHelmet is aimed at occasional bike-share riders who do not carry a helmet with them full-time.
Courtesy: James Dyson Awards
Designer Isis Shiffer, a recent graduate from the Pratt Institute of Design in New York City, said she came up with the idea when she was using bike-sharing schemes around the world. “When I was exploring new cities I had no access to a helmet and I didn’t want to spend $30 buying one,” she said.
The helmet is constructed in a honeycomb structure and the paper is coated to make it water resistant. It was put through rigorous testing at Imperial College in London.
“I was lucky enough to be studying at Royal College of Art and the Imperial College of London for a semester, and was granted access to Imperial’s crash lab,” says Isis. “They had a European standard helmet crash setup that allowed me to gather enough data on Ecohelmet’s proprietary honeycomb configuration to know it was viable and worth developing.”
“EcoHelmet solves an obvious problem in an incredibly elegant way. But its simplicity belies an impressive amount of research and development,” said James Dyson. “I look forward to seeing EcoHelmets used in bike shares across the world.”
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