Americans are ditching cars at a rapid clip. In response, nonprofit Oregon Manifestchallenged designers in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, and of course, Portland, to create an urban utility bike concept that would get former passengers excited about pedaling.
The bikes are intended to be a sort of training wheels, designed to knock down common objections to biking. Each bicycle was required to feature a method to carry loads like a laptop bag or packages, front and rear traffic lights, fenders, and an anti-theft system. The designs needed to be road-tested, fully functional bikes, and enthusiasts on the internet will pick their favorite. The winning team’s design will be manufactured by Fuji Bikes in 2015.