Mark Hopper’s innovative design of a chain of green intersection cycle shelters

Had you ever been riding a cycle and faced a sudden rainy or extremely windy weather? If yes, you would have definitely wished that the road had a shelter you could hide under, instead of getting drenched in the rain or sneezing in the windy cold. But now, even if such weather changes suddenly attack, there is no need to worry as an intersection cycle shelter will come to your rescue. Designed by Mark Hopper, the cycle shelter is a unique restyled approach toward providing a multipurpose shed to cyclists that keeps them safe and dry under changing weather conditions.

Cycle shelter

This shelter is a conceptual design that includes advertising space, as well as solar paneling to light up the path at night time. It offers enough light and visibility to cyclists, motorists and pedestrians. The design is specially created to provide such a cycle shelter at junctions on cycle lanes. Several survey studies in Great Britain indicate that an average cyclist has been spending around two hours and covering a distance of 16 miles per week in commuter cities. During the summer time, 15 percent of the public does this, while the percentage nearly goes half during the wet or cold season. The studies also indicate that at traffic lights, the cyclists spend around 13 percent of their total commuting time. Thus, there is good scope for a design like the junction shelter as it helps people remain dry while waiting at traffic lights during adverse weather conditions.

Constructed using durable and long-lasting materials, the cycle shelter can properly withstand extreme weather conditions. Structurally, the shelter is designed using a two-inch, tube-shaped stainless steel frame and an outer clad made of 3000 series aluminum. The aluminum cover makes it strong, as well as highly resistant to corrosion. The shelter roof has been created using thick acrylic. This structure’s design also allows advertising at the back side, underneath the roof, and on sections of the front panel. This green design is friendly to the environment as well, because it uses flat and flexible solar panels on the top roof section to self-power the shelter, as well as supply power at night for inside strip lighting.

The design concept of the cycle shelter fits well with the measurement of an individual who stands up on the cycle with arms in the air. This goes appropriately with an average- or above average-sized person. This design is finalized after consideration to the aspect that a person cycling in a safe manner does not come into contact with the shelter. As the shelter comes in 3 snap-in locking sections, it can be flat-packed to cut both manufacturing and distribution costs. Also, its parts are easily replicable upon damage. The cycle shelter gives a stylish look as it is made of perspex plastic in turquoise shade with 80 percent opacity. The shelter is very safe as its 10mm thick steel back not only offers side protection to users from pedestrians, but also saves a blast of rain or wind. A snug on the curb holds this shelter in place. Thus, this innovative design shelters you from adverse environmental conditions, while remaining friendly to the environment.

Via: Coroflot

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