This challenge is now closed for entries.
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.
Our Hands Off My Bike Challenge called on people from all over the UK to come up with breakthrough ideas to make it more difficult to steal bikes, which had the potential to increase the number of people who cycle in the UK.
The challenge was open to any UK legal resident aged 14 or over or organisation with a UK base that could come up with an innovation to make it more difficult to steal bikes.
The ideas were judged by the amount of time it took to free the bike, the impact on the environment, cost and potential for commercialisation and/or implementation at scale.
- Alice Marsh, Marketing Manager, Bikeworks
- German Dector-Vega, Director, Sustrans
- Adam Thorpe, Creative Director , Design Against Crime, Central St Martins
- Wayne Hemingway, Designer
- Carlton Reid, Editor, BikeBiz
- Nick Wilkinson, CEO, Evans Cycles
- Will Butler-Admas, Managing Director, Brompton Bicycles
- Michael Brooke, Development Officer, Secured by Design
The winner, BiKLOX, is a light, portable bike lock with a locking bar that fits between wheel spokes and stave to immobilise the pedal, with an additional cable lock to further secure the bike.
Designer Steve Blanks received a prize of £35,000 to take the product to market.