SEATTLE - Named for one of Seattle's founding families and steepest hills, the Denny bike has beat out entrants from Portland, Ore.; San Francisco; New York and Chicago in The Bike Design Project.
Production models of the bike should be in stores in about a year. The final price has yet to be determined as Teague must work through the design and production phase with Japan's Fuji bike company, which has partnered with project organizers at the Oregon Manifest to produce 1,000 bikes.
The Seattle entry was a joint effort by the Teague design firm and Sizemore Bicycles. Voting took place online and ended noon on Sunday.
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The Denny features an integral carrying platform that straps on the front of the bike that covers a space that holds a lithium-ion battery. That battery helps power an 11-speed automatic transmission, power assist to get up the city's steep hills, and lots of LED lighting that automatically gets brighter as darkness falls. It also has running lights visible from the front back and sides, and even turn signals. The rectangular-shaped handle bar comes off the bike and separates into two sections that can then be re-joined as a bike lock.
The mission of the Oregon Manifest program was to create an urban bicycle that could lure more people out of cars. The organizers called the Denny an all in project because of its locking and security features, safety and ability to endure unpredictable terrain and climate of Seattle.