0736 GMT November 12, 2019
The Yerka, which is designed by Cristobal Cabello, Andres Roi Eggers and Juan Jose Monsalve during a college engineering class, can be locked by some of its own parts, Press TV reported.
The students came up with the idea after Roi’s bike was stolen.
The Chilean innovators have benefitted from techniques used in two other bicycles namely “Seatylock” and “Denny,” whose saddle and detachable handlebars are respectively used for locking them up.
For Yerka to get locked, its lower frame opens up into two arms that are then connected to the seat post and locked to a post.
Thieves would have to destroy the whole bike to get it unlocked, said Cabello, adding, “That’s why our motto is ‘a bike that gets stolen is no longer a bike.’ What we have here is truly an unstealable bike.”
In Chile and elsewhere in Latin America, people mostly prefer bikes to cars.
Cristobal Galban, the director of the sustainability research center at Santiago’s Andres Bello University, said a study by his team in 2013 found that the “use of bikes has doubled among Chileans” in five years.
“The main problem in Chile and elsewhere are the robberies, so the Yerka could help solve this,” Galban added.
Tony Hadland, co-author with Hans-Erhard Lessing of “Bicycle Design: An Illustrated History,” says the Chilean design is “very clever.”
The students are waiting for the patent to be approved and have launched a funding campaign to find a partner who can invest $300,000 required to produce a first batch of 1,000 bikes.