Seattle is known as bike-friendly city, and apparently its residents are as enthusiastic about designing bikes as they are about riding them.
The Emerald City won the aptly named The Bike Design Project with a cycle called the Denny, beating such bike-centric cities as Portland and San Francisco, Grist reports.
The bike is named after the Denny family, some of Seattle’s first residents, and a street connecting Capitol Hill to downtown that many cyclists hate.
Having been in a bike crash, Sizemore emphasized safety with a novel lighting design. An icon light, turn signals, and brake lights are meant to not only illuminate the bike at night, but also help motorists recognize what it is.
The Denny also features an electric assist for steep hills, a rubber belt drive instead of a greasy chain, and it can be locked up without a bulky U-lock. The gears are also computerized for smoother shifting, which helps the rider maintain momentum.
However, all of this doesn’t come cheap. Fuji Bikes will build the Denny for around $3,000, with delivery expected sometime in 2015.