Introducing the Invisible Bike Helmet from Sweden
Sharing the road with bicycles has always been on the forefront of vehicle safety. Riding a bike can be a very dangerous activity if not wearing the proper equipment as cars, SUVs, vans, trucks and buses can take up much of the road, leaving bicyclists on the shoulder (if there is one available). With a re-emergence of bicycling in the United States due to rising fuel costs, healthy living initiates, and environmental impact awareness, it’s now more important than ever to be aware of bicycle safety.
Two-percent of motor vehicle crash deaths in the United States are bicyclists and 72% of those fatalities are adults over the age of 20. Currently no state has a mandatory helmet law for adults, although some city ordinances have strict helmet laws requiring them for all bicyclists.
That being said, wearing a helmet has always been a pain to lug around and it tends to give bikers a bad case of “helmet hair.” This may be a thing of the past thanks to two Swedish women and their quest to create the “invisible helmet,” which promises to save your hair and your head while riding your bike.
Hövding Invisible Bike Helmets were the brain-child of two Industrial Design students at the University of Lund in Sweden. For their masters thesis, Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin saw an opportunity to change the way the world viewed bike helmets…and they did just that. Using a revolutionary airbag design, Hövding allows bicyclists the freedom of protecting their heads without wearing a traditional style bicycle helmet.
“An invisible bicycle helmet is a symbol of the impossible.”
The “invisible bike helmets” at Hövding aren’t available in the United States as of yet, but Hövding is making serious headway (pun intended) throughout the world and it’s only a matter of time before they break into the American market. Hövding helmets come in a variety of sizes and patterns and currently cost €399 (roughly $535 at today’s exchange rate).