I’d Hook My Bike Up to Nothing Minus

Nothing less, that is, than “P+!” It’s the P+ bike system. Created by Young-Min Kim, Hyeon-Jeong Woo & Kyung-Goo Lee to promote healthy bike use in areas that don’t normally tend to bike users (especially in the way of bike protectors, information kiosks, and rest seats!) Spring is here, time to bike! P+ bike system for safe keeping!

There are three kinds of P+ objects: the rack, the signpost, and the bench. As you can see, the signpost is unique in its hight in this project, sitting slightly above the height of a mountain-bike, for easy viewing by bikers. These signposts hold important information about the area and the line of racks and benches. The benches and the racks are basically the same animal. The same shape allows for people to sit in a variety of ways, with or without the bike chained up at the same time.

What I’d like to see added would be some LightLane lights, self-cleaning racks incase of exploding locks, and a way to hook up my Jet-Bike.

Don’t miss a single bike-related design on Yanko.

Designers: Young-Min Kim, Hyeon-Jeong Woo & Kyung-Goo Lee

22 Comments

  • Mixel says:

    Nice design and great that it has several possibilities to use it.
    But the seat does not seem to be very comfortable to me and how can I put my wheel in the rack; it does look too small for it.

  • Pretty nice solution, well done.

  • Henrique Staino says:

    Terrible solution. He probably never rode a bike. Or at least he never read anything about bike racks. The worst and most unsafe way to park a bike is by one of the wheels (specially the front one).

    Not to mention how uncomfortable this “bench” probably is.

    I prefer to park my bike on a lightpost (supported by its frame) and sit anywhere else (except that place you are thinking of).

    • Luke says:

      There isn’t a slot to stick the wheel into. If I’m not mistaken, you’re supposed to just lean your bike against the bench.

      • Henrique Staino says:

        I never said there were. It’s a flaw anyways.

        • Luke says:

          How so? How is it any different than parking it on a lightpost as you noted you do?

          • Henrique Staino says:

            The issue is the height, for a starter. The bike would be too inclined and the handle bar would get in the way of the second function, wich is the “bench”.

            And if you think about it, a few people would sit in such a uncomfortable seat, and the opportunity to park two bikes and save space would be lost.

          • Luke says:

            The shape is just simple enough that you don’t have to park the bike where the handlebars would dig into your back. I really don’t see an issue.

            In my opinion, there’s still work to be done here, but there’s nothing fundamentally wrong with this design.

  • Luke says:

    It’s attractive, simple, and undoubtedly cheap to implement, so it gets major props from me.

    What bothers me about this, though, is whether my back and butt could bear sitting on a pair of horizontal bars while waiting for a bus. An elliptical cross section and a durable but soft-ish material for the benches/racks (glass-reinforced polyurethane elastomer, perhaps?) would be a very good way to improve the design. A loose mesh between the horizontal segments might be a good way to go as well.

  • Designers: Young-Min says:

    DESCRIPTION about bench , signpost , Bicycle Rack

    Bench
    Through the adjustment of scale by applying the alphabet 'P' shaped identity, it has been designed to be also utilized as bicycle rack or chair. Also, a sitting comfort has been considered and incorporated in the design by allowing a variety of way to sit according to the different ways people sit.

    Signpost
    Improve the level of the environment in which people ride their bicycles by placing signposts that alert danger or provide useful information including environmental campaigns at various places where they are visually needed.

    Bicycle Rack
    Although many bicycles can be placed on the existing bicycle rack, such feature can also lead to a problem of messiness as many bicycles end up being neglected. Its design makes it easy find spaces and allows different ways to place bicycle as, unlike the existing rack, it is consisted of each unit.

  • Carl says:

    In the UK there is the disability act of 1990 set out to guideline the design of street furniture in the public realm. Public money which largely goes to paying for street furniture is for the general public and as such should consider the young, old and less able people from society.
    This concept in my professional opinion does not attend the needs of the general public and accommodates for only a small slice of the public, (young adolescents by the looks of it). I am not even going to go into the public liability of a bench like this which would cause so many injury claims.

    Although I am sure it is intended to be intuitive of use I am not convinced people would know this seatless bench would be for perching on. This idea potentially creates more problems that it could solve..

  • Designers: Young-Min Kim, Hyeon-Jeong Woo & Kyung-Goo Lee says:

    DESCRIPTION about bench , signpost , Bicycle Rack

    Bench
    Through the adjustment of scale by applying the alphabet ‘P’ shaped identity, it has been designed to be also utilized as bicycle rack or chair. Also, a sitting comfort has been considered and incorporated in the design by allowing a variety of way to sit according to the different ways people sit.

    Signpost
    Improve the level of the environment in which people ride their bicycles by placing signposts that alert danger or provide useful information including environmental campaigns at various places where they are visually needed.

    Bicycle Rack
    Although many bicycles can be placed on the existing bicycle rack, such feature can also lead to a problem of messiness as many bicycles end up being neglected. Its design makes it easy find spaces and allows different ways to place bicycle as, unlike the existing rack, it is consisted of each unit.

  • KwangErn says:

    I can see this in schools. A ‘place’ to hangout before and after school…

    Don’t think it’s applicable anywhere else though. As many have said, it has many flaws for normal usage.

    BTW, I don’t think you stuff your bike into the rack, you’d just place the bike next to it. Would be impractical otherwise…

  • Hyeon-Jeong Woo, You says:

    It's shameful to admit but Koreans seriously lack the understanding about the importance of a bicycle, which results in the incidents like missing, theft, breakeage. As one solution to the situation, we put up P+bike system. The examination of preexisiting bike racks in the streets of Korea reveals that there're too many of them left uncared for, broken and bikes thrown away. To overhaul these problems, the new design of signpost, bicycle rack and bench came about in an attempt to elevate the value of environement not only on keeping but riding a bike through instilling in the public the idea of a bike being an important transportation option and their personal property as well.

  • Hyeon-Jeong Woo, Young-Min Kim & Kyung-Goo Lee says:

    It’s shameful to admit but Koreans seriously lack the understanding about the importance of a bicycle, which results in the incidents like missing, theft, breakeage. As one solution to the situation, we put up P+bike system. The examination of preexisiting bike racks in the streets of Korea reveals that there’re too many of them left uncared for, broken and bikes thrown away. To overhaul these problems, the new design of signpost, bicycle rack and bench came about in an attempt to elevate the value of environement not only on keeping but riding a bike through instilling in the public the idea of a bike being an important transportation option and their personal property as well.

  • Carl says:

    Right or wrong there is a public duty of care that has to ensure that products installed in the public domain to not cause harm or discomfort to the user.

    The user on this is pretty much anyone and everyone, from any and all backgrounds. Unlike many other products, there are no instructions of use therefore it should be as intuitive to use as possible.

    True people do perch, sit and swing like apes on pretty much anything, but that’s at their risk. if you install a product that could lead to an injury you will be liable. hence in the uk street furnishings play safe. I myself have attempted to morph benches with bike racks with lean to seating with limited success.

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