Bike Gate by Merwyn Wijaya and Teo Kok

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bikegate-rack-1Merwyn Wijaya and Teo Kok Yung are product designers based in Singapore. Together, they designed a bike parking structure focusing on greater security and ease of use.

Here is how they explain their design:

“BikeGate is designed with both security and usability in mind. The dual locking system encourages cyclists to use both a padlock and a bike lock. By using two different kind of locks, the bikes parked are significantly more difficult to be stolen. In addition, BikeGate incorporates a key lock mechanism to allow easy removal of abandoned bikes by the enforcement agencies.”

bikegate-rack-2A few of the concept renderings are shown here, but you can see more on you can see more on Merwyn’s website.

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6 Comments

  1. Roman June 21, 2013 at 2:25 pm -  Reply

    It’s not innovative, its just stupid!!! Any NYC biker knows, that you have to lock the bike in such a way that locks both wheels, otherwise you comeback to a bike with no wheels.

  2. Impossibly Stupid June 21, 2013 at 3:37 pm -  Reply

    This is perhaps the worst design for bike racks that I’ve ever seen. The biggest red flag is the inconsistency between “greater security” and “abandoned bikes”. People don’t abandon perfectly good bikes that were kept secure. The main reason bikes get abandoned is because, like Roman said, components go missing and the owner calculates that they’re just better off getting a new bike along with a better locking mechanism.

    This thing seems designed to *expose* everything but the frame to easy theft. Worse, a compromise of the vaunted “key lock mechanism” would allow thieves to take any bike from any installation of this thing. This is an anti-security design. Just awful.

  3. Bubba Nicholson June 23, 2013 at 5:49 pm -  Reply

    Great idea! This would improve on the old lamp post! Anyone needing greater security will be bringing their own locks anyway. Might be tough getting to that middle bike, though. Maybe just in pods of two so everyone can get to his/her bike. One would suppose that a nested, Lexan clear plastic cover would use a similar flip down device over the top and satisfy even the most ardent security nuts, eh?

  4. logan June 24, 2013 at 11:51 am -  Reply

    The lack of wheel engagement is a deal breaker, but so is the lack of any apparent way to keep the bikes upright. They’ll just fall over sideways with the side of the ‘gate’ sticking through the triangle.

  5. LaGaffe June 25, 2013 at 7:51 am -  Reply

    Being rather fond of non-DF bikes, my Moulton just might fit, but my recumbents (past, present, and future) would not. And with overlapping handlebars, removing one’s bike could get interesting.

  6. Mic McMack June 29, 2013 at 4:27 am -  Reply

    The “Dual Locking” feature only requires one of the mechanisms to be broken and both locks are disabled.

    Remember that these guys are from Singapore where crime levels are pretty low and punishments severe so they are probably not used to London levels of crime where the thieves will have your saddle and pedals if you have the audacity to use a lock they can’t get through and stolen bikes are sold with impunity in the Brick Lane thieves market only a few days (hours?) after they are nicked with little interest from the authorities.

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