Bikes have always been targets for thieves. Cyclists are more likely to have their bikes stolen than motorcyclists or car owners. Last year over 500,000 bikes were stolen in the UK (one each minute), with a recovery rate of under 5 per cent. It has been estimated that of the 17 per cent of cyclists that experience bicycle theft, 66 per cent cycle less often and 24 per cent stop altogether.
The Hands Off My Bike Challenge Prize is calling on people from all over the UK to come up with breakthrough innovations to make it more difficult to steal bikes and have the potential to increase numbers of people cycling in the UK.
The winning innovation will be the one that requires the longest time to steal the bike. The innovation will be also judged on the impact on the environment, cost and potential for commercialisation and/or implementation at scale.
The winner will receive a prize of £50,000.
Judges may also decide to recognise a runner up innovation or innovations at their discretion.
Deadline for entry: 18 January 2013
Invitation to the live testing of your innovation: March 2013
Live testing of the innovation: March-May 2013
Confirmation of awards and Awards Ceremony: Early June 2013
The challenge is open to any UK legal resident aged 14 or over or organisation with a UK base that comes up with an innovation to make it more difficult to steal bikes. Employees of Nesta, other individuals working on the project, and their immediate families are not eligible to enter.
Entrants will be invited to live testing of their idea based on existence of a working and testable prototype of their innovation, as well as consideration of:
The winning innovation will be the one that results in the longest time to steal the bike.