Bikeoff is an initiative of the Design Against Crime Research Centre located at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. It is concerned with reducing bicycle theft through practice based design research aimed at catalysing, and in some cases creating, cycling products and services that consider users (cyclists) but also abusers (vandals and thieves).
The Bikeoff Research Initiative was set up in January 2004, with small grants funding from the Arts Humanities Research Council to explore how the design of cycling related objects and environments might reduce the risk of theft and promote cycle usage. In 2006 further research funding from the AHRC/EPSRC Designing for the 21st Century programme awarded to the Design Against Crime Research Centre and the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science funded a portfolio of projects, the outputs of which you can now access on this website.
We hope this web-based resource will aid designers and other stakeholders to begin to understand the problem of bicycle theft and how to design against it to increase the ease and enjoyment of cycling.
Acknowledgements and thanks are due to all those colleagues from TfL, the Metropolitan Police, the British Transport Police, the Home Office, the Design Council, the Royal Society of Arts, London Borough of Camden, London Borough of Westminster, Brighton and Hove Council , Camden and Southwark Cycle Groups , Bicycle Club of Catalonia, and many other groups, advisors and stakeholders, too numerous to name individually here, who supported and advised Bikeoff’s s team of academics, designers and other creatives. Thanks are also due to all those who helped create the visualisation of crime and design information you will find here.
The Bikeoff website has been produced by the collective endeavours of the many creative individuals named below.
Bikeoff at Design Against Crime Research Centre
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
October 1 2008
PC Ike Gray, Metropolitan Police
Design Research and Design Visualisation Staff
Marcus Willcocks (Barcelona)
Diego Bello (Japan)
Eva Sterbova (BACC Barcelona)
Vincenzo Di Maria
Student Crime Researcher: