One major complaint against bike shares, such as New York’s Citi Bike program, is that it’s just not safe to flood the city with bicyclists without requiring the use of helmets.
Could inexpensive, readily available headgear made of recycled newspaper be the solution?
A group of artists came up with the concept for the Paper Pulp Helmet to go along with the London Bicycle Hire Scheme. It could be sold in vending machines or stores near the docking stations for just £1 (around $1.50).
The designers, graduates of the Royal College of Art in London, took these simple steps:
After they’ve been worn, they can be recycled and made back into pulp for a new helmet. Here’s a cool video of the process:
Some initial drop tests indicated they’re in fact safe to use, Metro reports, and the headgear meets stringent European safety standards.
The helmets were unveiled at the Royal College of Art’s graduation show in London.
[Paper Pulp Helmet via Popular Science]
Images/video: Paper Pulp Helmet
This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com