About the collaboration: PUMP 2017
Swiss technology brand Punkt's Urban Mobility project, asked students from three top design schools to create electric bicycles that would encourage city-dwellers to cycle more.
The company collaborated with students from London's Royal College of Art (RCA), Lausanne's École cantonale d'art de Lausanne (ÉCAL) and Design Academy Eindhoven (DAE) to create bikes in response to the specific needs of their cities.
The students were challenged to create vehicles that would make cycling both more appealing and more accessible, depending on the different challenges of each place.
London is a world-class city with diversity being one of its greatest strengths. Surrounded by a mixture of cultures, skills, and knowledge, it’s no surprise that London has more co-working spaces than any other city in the world. The rising number of these flexible offices have ultimately shaped the future of how we work and reflect the public’s increased desire for a more collaborative, community-based work environment.
The e-bike is designed to seamlessly fit into the existing business model of co-working spaces as “add-ons” to membership plans. We created a shared e-bike program to provide a convenient travel option for this thriving new community of workers.
With a focus on carefree rides, the e-bike’s compass-inspired navigation system offers more freedom and fewer commands. The removable saddle battery helps avoid theft and makes charging easier. Riders can connect to the motor whilst adjusting their bike seat in one movement. Integrated front and rear light indicators improve communication between different vehicles for safer roads. Got an extra load? A detachable carrier provides room for additional items, so whether you’re running an errand, or heading to the gym, all you need to do is just enjoy the ride.
EB01 is a group project by Sylvain de Bellis, Martin Ding, Andrea Mestre and Staci Tsai.