Bike sharing systems are rapidly expanding all around the country: programs like Capitol BikeShare in Washington, D.C., or Citi Bike in New York City offer the freedom of a bike without the hassle of in-home storage. But most bike shares lack a crucial element: helmets. Enter HelmutHub, an innovation that seeks to make bike sharing a safer process. HelmetHub is a solar-powered machine integrated into existing bike share areas that dispenses a helmet when you pick up your ride and allows you to return the helmet when you’re done, giving you the security of safety with the freedom of mobility.
What makes good design? You tell us!
This pool of 20 works, ranging from popular apps to medical devices, emphasize how innovative design can make a difference in our everyday lives. Every year, Cooper-Hewitt gives out design awards chosen by a jury of distinguished design gurus—but do you agree with the experts? Cast your vote for your favorite design before 6:00 p.m. ET on October 11. The winner will be announced live at the National Design Awards gala and here, on this site, on October 17.
Also be sure to celebrate National Design Week with design events and activities in your area, October 12–20.