There's a new competition to design bike commuter clothing that's also suitable for office wear. I have no connection with the organizers of this competition; all I'm doing is spreading the word.

See the attached pdf document for details.

Well, I can't attach a pdf, or any other file. Let me try to copy/paste.





PROJECT BIKEWAY
Designing Apparel for the Urban Bike Commuter
Bike to Work Week 2011

The growing need for sustainable decision making in our world brings with it many new
challenges. Among these challenges is changing the way people commute. Bicycle
commuting is an easy alternative to driving alone, but it is a choice many people still opt not to make. One of the most common deterrents people cite for adopting a bike
commute is the lack of hybrid attire available for cyclist/professionals.

Developing clothing which can make transitions between the bicycle, the office, and
evening events, while still keeping the wearer comfortable, stylish and visible is a key link to incorporating sustainable transportation into our daily lives In honor of Bike to Work Week 2011, and in conjuction with the Smart Commute Challenge.

NCSU Wolftrails and Gotriangle are challenging the people of Raleigh to forge this
link. Help the people of our city adopt a healthier, more sustainable commute while still
upholding professional dress standards Objective: To design and create one or more pieces of clothing/apparel/accessories specifically for the business casual bike commuter.

Challenge:
Based on a budget of $100.00, design one or more pieces* of apparel for today’s urban bike commuter. Designs may incorporate as many pieces as desired as long as budget is adhered to. Designs should aim to aid a cyclist in comfortably and safely commuting to work, then transition smoothly into presentable, business-casual work attire. Consider the needs and concerns of a cyclist commuting on the road, with other cars, in weather, and at different times of day and night. Use of sustainable materials is encouraged. Interested persons or groups must submit a one-page written proposal for their design along with sketches and an itemized budget by February 15, 2011 (see page 2 for submission details). Applicants will be notified of their status on March 1, 2011. Chosen designers will then be awarded $100 to create their design and will be required to attend a group info meeting in early March. Final products will be due by April 29, 2011 for a quality check and photo shoot. Final designs will be presented in a live show (modeled by cyclists on bicycles) at the Bike to Work Month Kick-off event in May in Downtown Raleigh.

*a “piece” consists of one single article of clothing, i.e. one jacket, one pair of gloves, etc.

Who is eligible?

Individual designers and/or teams of designers not affiliated with Bike To Work Week.
All designs must be original ideas. Designers must provide a live model for the show or
team up with a commuter from one of our corporate partners. Models will be required to ride a bike (also provided by the designer) for a short distance in the show.
How to enter: Submit an entry form at ncsu.edu/wolftrails. You will then need to email your proposal, sketch, and budget (as file attachments) to projectbikeway@gmail.com.

All submissions are due by 11:59pm on Feb 15, 2011. You may submit as many entries as you wish, but only one will be chosen. Name each file you submit with your last name and which part of the submission it is (proposal, sketch, or budget) Ex: Smith_sketch. *Files may not exceed 8MB in size.

Proposal: One-page double-spaced explanation of your design and how it would
accomplish the goals of this challenge. Include description of materials and
processes. (doc or pdf)

Sketch: 8.5x11 color sketch of your design. 72 dpi (jpeg or pdf)
Itemized budget: breakdown of material and production costs, adhering to the $100
budget (doc, xls, or pdf)

Judging Criteria
Follows all guidelines, functionality, safety, creativity, originality, craft/workmanship,
strength of concept, marketability, , embodiment of principles of BTWW

Questions?

Contact Lauren Ramsey: lramsey@ncsu.edu, 919-513-1769