Quick, name one of the biggest issues behind why people avoid commuting by bike. After time concerns and how to get all your stuff to the office, one of the reasons that’s sure to pop up again and again, is how to keep your bike locked up and safe, due to the fact that many businesses still do not offer bike lockers for safe keeping.Regardless of the reason for needing to lock up your bike, bike locks are still a bit of a better than nothing approach to security. Even the best locks are able to be breached in a relatively short amount of time, and there have been countless stories of thieves taking angle grinders to bike locks in the middle of the day, with passerbys either completely oblivious, or unwilling to get involved.So the question becomes how do you make the bike lock better, and make it so that the thief isn’t willing to waste his time in the end? When the question was posed to Savannah College of Art and Design student Jaryn Miller, Jaryn thought that it made sense if the bike lock was integral to the bicycle. Jaryn’s final concept is a lock that is fully integrated into the bike, locks all the major parts, and if broken will cause the bicycle to be difficult to ride.Sound intriguing? See how it would work after the break! While the concept of a frame mounted rear wheel lock is nothing new, Jaryn had visions of the rear lock actually locking both the seatpost and the wheel at the same time. From the looks of the rear lock from his artist rendering above, for the rear lock to have that capability it would have to be a fairly specific frame for it to work, so that the seatpost extended below the seat tube. Again, though, this is an idea, not necessarily a product. The idea of creating some kind of lock that served to keep both your seat and your rear wheel safe could be a more elegant solution than the permanent seat leash.While the rear is interesting, the really intriguing idea is the concept of building in a lock to the handlebars. Sure, you would have to come up with some ingenious way to attach the lock halves to the base bar to withstand the stress of actually riding the bike, along with a host of other issues. But, as a concept, it’s interesting to say the least.Imagine, just jumping on you bike and riding. No searching for your lock, fussing with frame brackets, or loading your bag down with 15 pounds of metal. Instead you just ride your bike to the destination, and upon arrival unlock the ends of your handlebar which is then locked around your front wheel and frame. Not only would the lock provide security, it would mean that if the lock is compromised in order for someone to steal the bike, that means the handlebars would be damaged as well. Granted in the pictures shown, the section of the bar remaining on the bike is still wider than the bars on some fixed gears, but if it could be designed so that the handlebar was basically useless it may cause thieves to think twice.Clearly, this design would really only be practical for commuters and city bikes due to the added weight, but in reality it seems like it could be feasible. So what do you think? If someone actually manufactured a integrated lock/handlebar would it be of interest?
A high-level meeting, held at IMO Headquarters in London on May 30, agreed a resolution on future work under the Djibouti Code of Conduct.Ministers from participating States in the Code of Conduct concerning the Repression of Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in the Western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden (the Djibouti Code of Conduct) have recognized the need to develop a mechanism for the region to run its own counter-piracy agenda, following the successful implementation by IMO of numerous projects aimed at improving regional capacity to counter piracy by developing enhanced regional cooperation and coordination.The resolution envisages the immediate launch of work to establish a new structure for regional implementation of the Djibouti Code of Conduct, with IMO playing a supportive role during a transitional period. There was also widespread appreciation of the work of IMO in implementing the Code, as well as the support provided by the ReCAAP-ISC.The meeting was attended by 80 delegates, including ministers and other officials from the Djibouti Code of Conduct participating and signatory States, as well as by representatives from a number of donor States and international organizations including the European Union (EU), ReCAAP, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia.IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu congratulated the meeting on its outcome and pledged IMO’s full support for on-going capacity-building work.He said that the region’s need to develop its own capacity to deal with piracy was stronger now than ever, as the international navies deployed voluntarily must, inevitably, look to reduce their forces over the next few years if the attacks continue to diminish and pressures on naval resources are focussed elsewhere.“The work you have done already means that the region is better placed than when we started along this road, but the need remains to develop capacity and address some of the articles of the Code of Conduct that have not been addressed thus far,” Mr. Sekimizu said.“The Code of Conduct has a real role to play in this and the time is right for the region to not only review the relevance of the Code against today’s threats, but also to take greater responsibility for the coordination of its own efforts. I am pleased with the work that has been done to develop a mechanism for the region to run its own counter-piracy agenda.”more info[mappress]June 4, 2014
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