In the past decade, the bicycle helmet hasn’t changed much. Sure, there are variations in ventilation, there are the urban, racing, and mountain styles. But, most helmets reflect the same objective: safety.
Improvements that can be made to the helmet have to be in the design of better visibility.
Bikes seem more numerous in cities and suburban areas, and the difference between a rough accident and a safe ride might be a bright light.
The Cascuz Helmet design is based on pentagonal and trapezoidal spaces that permit detachable lights to fit into the helmet and announce the rider’s presence on the road or trail. Although the project is still a concept, certain electronics would allow the lights to act like responsive brake and turn-signal lights on cars.
On the left or right side of the helmet, two, small triangular orange lights serve as turn signals. At the back of the helmet is a standard red brake light that will turn on when the rider slows. At the front of the helmet is a blue-tinted headlight, effectively.
Most helmets, if they want circulation in the market, abide by the safety standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). But these standards only focus on impact.
Preempting possible changes to CPSC standards, the Cascuz helmet treats the cyclist like another vehicle on the road, responsible for signaling and all. In a way, the bicycle is a low-tech machine that has a future-focused essence. It distributes energy more efficiently than any consumer-ready vehicle. So why shouldn’t more designers focusing on further modernizing the culture of the cyclist?
Photo Credit: Alberto Villarreal
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