Wave of the future? Best urban bike design crowned

"The Denny," created by a pair of Seattle design groups, took home the most online votes in The Bike Design Project. (Vimeo)
"The Denny," created by a pair of Seattle design groups, took home the most online votes in The Bike Design Project. (Vimeo)

SEATTLE, Wash. (KOIN 6) — A national contest created to produce the world’s best urban bike is over, and a team from the Pacific Northwest is riding high.

The National Bike Project was simple: Five teams of designers and bike aficionados from different cycle-friendly US cities built a super-utility urban bicycle, putting short videos of each on the web for the public to view. The winning design, decided by online voters during a one-week process, would then be manufactured by Fuji in 2015.

Monday, the Seattle team — design consultants Teague and custom builders Sizemore Bicycles — got the good news they were hoping for, with The Bike Design Project’s creator announcing the victor on Twitter.

Perhaps most notable for its handlebar locks, “The Denny” certainly qualifies as innovative, and with a lightweight storage rack, electric pedal assistance and automatic lights, it’s clear the designers had urban utility in mind.

Being one of the most pedal-loving locales in the country, Portland also had a representative. A collaboration between INDUSTRY and Ti Cycles, “The Solid” boasts 3D-printed titanium and GPS tracking. And while The Bike Design Project didn’t offer a full breakdown of the votes — more than 136,000 visitors reportedly viewed the designs during the voting period — it’s likely Seattle’s Denny won by a handlebar.

MORE: See Each Team’s Designs

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