Flite Bicycle Project is a fourteen-week group project that consisted of rides, interviews, and design. The objective of this project was to unfold and present a bicycle for the rugged Downtown Los Angeles commuter.
FLITE MODEL: PHANTOM BIKE 02
RIDES & INTERVIEWS
"I don’t like riding public transportation... Riding a bike feels more free.”
— Kavian, [bike messenger]
“My bike is an extension of who I am as an individual.”
— Ray, [bike commuter]
“I love riding my bike, I feel connected to the road this way.”
— Mark, [ bike enthusiast]
“We are constantly weaving through traffic because we need to get to our destination quicker”. — Marco & Xavier
“Having a visual presence on the road is the key to a safe bike ride.” — Rodney
“A lock only buys you a certain amount of time before your bike gets stolen.” — Drew Dabs
At an intersection time is of the essence, track standing is a common practice amongst serious DTLA commuters.
Commuting daily between vehicles is not for the faint-hearted, Less presence on the road equals higher vulnerability.
Theft prevents commuters from buying the quality bike they need. Commuters buy cheap, low-quality bikes due to constant theft.
“I move fast because I know how long it takes to get around downtown”
“typical bikes that are designed to have multiple functions aren’t really good at any of them”,
SAFETY FROM THE HARSH URBAN TERRAIN