Bike helmet for urban cyclists / 2008-2009
Wearing a bike helmet can increase safety. However, in everyday urban traffic it's not common for most people, and this might have to do with the image of bike helmets. In fact, most available helmets rather look like technical sports gear, and not like something you would wear for example on your way to work. Creating a helmet that fits in an everyday urban context - in terms of design as well as in terms of functionality - was the aim of the project.
In spite of the super-lightweight sports helmets, this one is composed of two layers, which offer new possibilities for the design: A thin, hard outer shell made from reinforced plastic gives stiffness and spreads impact energy to the surface area. Small ventilation slots in the shell provide a comfortable climate around the head. Inside the shell, stripes of viscoelastic foam are stuck along the slots to absorb the impact energy.