Bike Sharing Convenience Now Extended to Helmets
Mom always told you to wear your helmet, and now you have one less excuse not to oblige.
Bikeshare programs are exploding in the US, but helmet usage is simply not keeping up. In a Chicago survey 60% of people said they’d use a bikesharing program if they felt safer.
Students at MIT decided to tackle this discrepancy by augmenting Boston’s Hubway BikeShare system with rentable helmets. Their prototype HelmetHub was first revealed at MIT in December 2011.
The production version is solar-powered with the ability to hold 36 helmets in three different sizes. Returned helmets are inspected and sanitized prior to being rented out again. Expect to see this service spread to other bikeshare programs.