The Babel Bike claims to be the safest bike in the world, but the design won't float everyone's boat

Many inventors have been squirrelling away, coming up with ways to make cycling safer. From this crazy helmet from a bloke in Australia to this device that alerts your loved ones if you come off your bike.

But Crispin Sinclair believes he has made the safest bike in the world, with his Babel Bike design incorporating a whole host of safety features, including mirrors, brake lights and a safety cage.

The Babel Bike (Photo: YouTube/Babel Bicycle)

The Babel Bike (Photo: YouTube/Babel Bicycle)

The bike itself is a recumbent design, with the rider able to secure themselves with a car-style seat belt. Sinclair has also fitted indicators and a loud horn onto the bike, to ensure that your fellow road users can see you.

With its racing car-style roll cage, Sinclair has designed the Babel Bike to be pushed away from a lorry in case of a collision, rather than be dragged under it – something that has caused a number of fatalities, especially in London.

The bike features a host of safety features (Photo: YouTube/Babel Bicycle)

The bike features a host of safety features (Photo: YouTube/Babel Bicycle)

And if that’s not enough, the bike features a 250W Shimano electric motor, which provides 50 per cent assistance to the rider and will last for up to 80 miles – perfect for a few commutes to work and back.

It’s a novel design, certainly, and anything that makes cycling safer is great with us. But for many cyclists, looking good on a bike is as important as riding the bike in the first place, so the Babel Bike’s ‘sensible’ look may put people off.

The other thing that may put people off is its price tag. Sinclair is showcasing his design on crowdfunding site Indiegogo, with £2,999 enough to get your hands on a Babel Bike in the production run early 2016.

Find out more about the Babel Bike on its Indiegogo site.

  • IIdll

    I disagree with below. I think it is a nicely designed bike and the the safety features are well designed, to be fair. I cycle a lot and I can see why a roll cage can save cyclists’ life.

  • Samuel G

    no

  • Andrewwd

    The safest bike in the world is one that doesn’t have to share roadspace with large, badly driven motor vehicles.

    If designers are concerned with cyclist safety, this is where they should apply themselves. Not on increasingly absurd, token safety trinkets for bikes and riders.

    This design is terrible and it’s nothing to do with the looks. It says all the wrong things about the onus of safety.

    I very much doubt that this bike could withstand an HGV left hook. What good is that roll cage if the bike is lying on its side with the wheels of a 44 tonne truck rolling over it? Furthermore, it has a seatbelt, so the rider doesn’t even have a chance to jump to safety.