Any bicycle owner will know one fear - not of being flattened by a very large vehicle (though that happens often enough) - but of having a treasured bicycle stolen.
It could happen in a matter of minutes. Step in a shop to grab a takeaway and by the time the coffee's all packed up, your bicycle's gone.
The Yerka Project is all about preventing bike theft in a novel endeavour that doesn't involve making a new, unbreakable bicycle lock. Instead it makes the bicycle its own lock. So if a thief breaks the lock, he will end up damaging the bicycle too, leaving thieves with nothing but a broken bicycle for their efforts. Unless the latter was their objective in the first place.
Now we just need a flying bicycle
Who thought of the idea? A trio of students studying engineering from Chile, who were trying to figure out the whole 'build a better lock' thing. They created an innovative frame that will also function as a lock, yet still look much like the typical urban bicycle. Its creators claim it takes only 20 seconds to secure the bicycle to the usual things - lampposts, trees, railings.
At present time the Yerka bicycle is but a prototype and the students are hoping for public support to make mass production of the bicycle viable. Going to the website will see visitors being asked to fill out a survey, implying that there is interest from backers who want to see whether the public really would bite for a Yerka.
Sounds like a Kickstarter or Indiegogo success already. Judging from how many cool bicycles keep popping up on this website alone.
Keep up-to-date on the project by subscribing to the Yerka Project news via its website. No pricing or availability details are available just yet but for anyone who's ever lost a bicycle to a light-fingered scallywag, this just might be the end of bike theft heartbreak.
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