HelmetHub is a helmet rental machine that aims to provide safety equipment to people using bikeshare programs.
When Citi Bike launched in New York a few weeks ago, many people were concerned about the safety of inexperienced bikers flying down the bustling streets of NY and getting themselves into trouble… A key concern on the safety front is the absence of helmets, as most casual bikers don’t own one and therefore fly around the city exposed and unprotected.
“HelmetHub wants to place vending machines next to bike docking stations that allow users to collect and return helmets for the duration of their ride. The machine – currently still in the prototype stage – is capable of stocking 36 helmets and would be regularly checked for damage or vandalism to the equipment in much the same way the bikes are. The machine is also solar-powered so they can be easily installed without disruption. A screen on the side lets users know how many helmets are left and where the next nearest station is” – Springwise.
Why I’m Curious
I think this is a great idea and would add value to bike share programs, but the idea of sharing a hat with New York City is frightening, to say the least.. If there is a way to sterilize helmets inside the Hub, I am all for it. If not, I think we’ll need a third station to go next to bikes and helmets: showers. Purell would be brilliant to shack up next to docking stations, too.