On this basis, Hoogewerf and his colleague Judit Parés ran a design experiment to create a novel device that helps to protect cyclists by letting the rest of the traffic become aware of the cyclist’s presence in a much more pleasant and powerful way than your average bicycle bell. They created DIY contraptions form regular household bits and pieces that can create a “a constant rhythmic and analogue sound”, whilst you cycle.
The duo have created three different DIY contraptions, which they have given the self-descriptive titles “Rhythmic percussion, Wind Sound and Percussion and Friction”. All three designs create a “pleasant soundscape where the cyclist goes”, which sounds much nicer than the angry drrring of bicycles here in Amsterdam.
This is a simple idea that brings together the serious side of encouraging sustainable transport, by protecting cyclists with the fun side of playful design. Furthermore, the imagery they are using to demonstrate their design is pretty neat. Kudos to the design team, we like it!