Popped in to the Designs of the Year exhibition at the Design Museum yesterday. It’s a real sign of the times how much interest there is in urban cycling as designers attempt to find new ways to dress, illuminate and protect two wheeled commuters.

The Brompton Oratory jacket, designed by Will Carleysmith for Brompton bikes, functions as a smart(ish) gents jacket, but in turn, reversable arm and collar flaps and a concealed rear pocket unleashes a series of neon flaps and illuminated patches for riding mode. Hi-tech fabrics make it weather-resistant enough to take you from the cycle lane to the boardroom (or geography lecture). £265 from the Design Museum Shop.

Safety and style get a look in at Swedish designer Hovding‘s clever cycle helmet. Worn as a collar it works on the same principle as an air bag. As soon as you’re struck, out pops a protective helmet which forms around your skull in plenty of time to soften the blow.

If your office doesn’t offer cycle storage, perhaps the boss would consider installing Bike Hanger, which, like New York car parks, stashes your wheels in the sky till you need them again.

See these and other clever Designs of the Year at the Design Museum, until July 15.

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