Whilst useful public bike racks aren't exactly aesthetically pleasing and there's no denying they also take up space that could be better utilised.
Meet 'Align' which is a bike rack worthy of the 21st century and beyond, which appears when you need it and disappears when you don't. Created by Milou Berg the creation proves that form and function can definitely overlap.
So how does it work?
The rack is activated by the weight of the bicycle's front wheel. Whenever a panel senses the presence of such a wheel, a bracket emerges and locks the wheel into place, securing the entire bike. And when you're ready to pedal away, the rack goes back into the ground.
The design has already gathered interest from a number of Dutch cities and if implemented on a larger scale in collaboration with a production company could be something we see used internationally in the future.
This article appeared on Digital Trends.