Bikers Rest by Marcus Abrahamsson
for Nola


Stockholm 2013: Swedish designer Marcus Abrahamsson devised this bollard with a foot rest and handle to help cyclists keep their balance at traffic lights.

Bikers Rest by Marcus Abrahamsson for Nola

Created for outdoor furniture brand Nola, bikers' rest is a steel tube with a domed top circled by two rings.

Bikers Rest by Marcus Abrahamsson for Nola

Positioned about waist height when on a bike, the upper rung can be grabbed by a free hand to aid balance.

Bikers Rest by Marcus Abrahamsson for Nola

The second loop just off the ground is covered over with extruded metal mesh to create a panel with improved grip for shoes.

Bikers Rest by Marcus Abrahamsson for Nola

"I wanted it to blend in with the existing crowd, the steel tubes and extruded metal mesh, they are all familiar materials in the urban landscape," says Abrahamsson.

Bikers Rest by Marcus Abrahamsson for Nola

He has also designed a bench made from stacks of colourful pine batons for Nola, whose chairs that join together like shopping trolleys and concrete furniture we've featured before.

Bikers Rest by Marcus Abrahamsson for Nola

Other stories about cycling on Dezeen include a see-through bicycle and magnetic bike lights.

Bikers Rest by Marcus Abrahamsson for Nola

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Bikers Rest by Marcus Abrahamsson for Nola

  • marco

    Ah! That will be a great relief for all the poor cyclists I always see laying around traffic lights. I’ve always wondered how the bike could be so succesful when it obviously has no means to stay standing when not moving.

    • John

      This is far better than how I was going to put it. What a ridiculous problem for the designer to invent.

  • JayCee

    Is this specifically for Fred cyclists whose seatposts are too high to let them actually place their feet on the ground when stopped? This is just stupid and utterly pointless.

    • sam

      To get the most speed/efficiency within the pedal, the cyclist should have a near straight leg when the pedal is at its lowest point. If this means have a high seat than so be it.

  • Ben

    Where's my Superglue?

  • mikkel

    We actually have these in Copenhagen, exept they can fit more bikes as it is rare to have only one bike waiting, which in my mind makes this one rather badly designed.

    • Sam

      I was just about to post the same thing! We Scandinavians are always ahead of the game. ;)

  • Rob

    For whimps! Here in Amsterdam you see American tourists with helmets. This fits into that category.

    • CERR

      How is wearing a helmet an American thing?

      • amsam

        Because wearing a helmet is an American thing.

        • kate724

          As much as I love riding without a helmet, the fact is they save lives. I'd rather look like a tool then be dead.

      • Also a Canadian thing. Nanny-style government in British Columbia makes it law. I’m longing for my years in Ireland, where you wear a helmet if you want to, not because you have to to avoid a ticket.

  • David Horne

    This is ideal! I no longer need to worry about ruining my blue suede desert boots whilst cycling in wet weather!

  • TMNL

    No govenment that would choose to spend money on this should ever be allowed to mention the word “crisis” again.

  • antoine

    Can’t see how it could be integrated with the streets. Is it supposed to be in the middle of the road at the traffic light? Also, it is quite pointless. Is that really difficult to put your foot on the ground? If so, just get a fixie and keep your balance up.

  • Couldn’t agree with JayCee more, I think designers need to take the moral high ground with some clients and tell them that the idea is pointless and more to the point, a massive waste of this planet’s resources.

  • Luke

    Please could someone at Dezeen review all the bike-related proposals as 90% do not actually work.

  • Danillo

    Insert snobby hipster ‘”I-would-never-use-this-because-I can-stay-up-on-my-fixie-at-red-lights” comment here.

  • Andrew Dunford

    The green on the rest complements the fixie cyclist’s jumper perfectly!

  • Romain

    The Swedes are, in fact, tiny and their feet can’t reach the ground when riding standard bicycles. I’m sure there’s an unpublished documentary somewhere addressing this very issue.

    The funny thing is, I’m sure you actually have to put your feet on the ground to position your bike next to the pole anyway.

  • ffdmm

    Redundant. If you want to balance at the lights on a geared/free-wheel-equipped bike you can: with the front brake applied keep forward pressure on your pedals, you can than push against the front wheel and rock back onto your drive train/back wheel, balancing pressure between the two and so balancing the bike. Maybe work on the Photoshop a bit as well.

  • AsWicked

    The only situation where a possibility to hold on while waiting at a traffic light is needed is when you are clipped into pedals. In that situation, any lamp post or similar post will do the job. So if you can’t do a track stand and already take the effort to clip out, why would you rest your foot on a foot rest? You can put it on the ground just as good.

    This is clearly designed by one of these designers who buy a fixie to look like a messenger and ride it to the next Starbucks to work there on their Macbook. This is the result.

  • beatrice

    Wow, that got a lot of negative commentary.

    I’d like to point out that, yes, this is an invented problem. Seriously, nobody has such an issue. But more than this, the solution to this imagined problem is really dumb and over-styled! Do you really need the giant tubular part on the top to grasp? Why can’t you just rest your hand on the post itself? Similarly, why has the bottom part got a big tubey part and why is it covered in mesh?

    Surely all that is needed to conquer this imaginary problem is a post with a knob sticking out? It’s kind of like an orthopaedic car crash of cool posing mixed with a pointless socially engaged project.

    I seriously am surprised this is in production. Couldn’t they have submitted renders to Dezeen first? It’s only a whim. Hipster food; nothing more.

  • why

    Why do you need a foot rest and a handle? Wouldn’t a handle be enough?

  • Daniel B

    Who stops for a traffic light these days, anyway?

    • Paul

      Where I live they barely stop for stop signs. I’ve almost gotten into accidents because I stopped, yet the other IDIOT didn’t and didn’t even bother to look for other traffic that STOPPED at the sign.

  • MrJ

    Like the styling, but please, no more street furniture for the rest of us to bump into!

  • Desk

    Philips FreeStreet seems to make more sense for cyclists.

  • tom

    This is right up there with the Spaghetti Tree.

  • Andre

    I use cleats and when I’m going to be stopped at red lights for a long time I just hold onto a railing or even a traffic light pole. Unnecessary solution to non existent problem.

  • Derek

    This is rather ridiculous, but if it included a signal-change button for intersections that don’t change frequently (and can’t detect bikes waiting for the green light that isn’t coming) it would be somewhat useful.

  • Pet

    You guys do not get the bigger picture here; it is about supporting cycling as transportation in the city.

    I have used the mentioned bikers’ rest in Copenhagen and must say it is really a pleasure to use. I found myself taking detours just to stop at that rest. This new design looks much better in the urban space and is not blocking off the street as the linear one is in Copenhagen.

    This product is a part of the solution to get more bikers out on our streets. So thumbs up for the government that gets these ones.

    • Lance

      The bigger picture, in London at least, is:

      a) Councils are instigating de-cluttering programmes to rationalise and remove accumulated street furniture, particularly at complex junctions where cyclists are prone to be crushed by larger vehicles, and to ease pedestrian flow.

      b) There are zones already designated in front of traffic lanes for cyclists to stop at and not along the periphery where the concept suggests they would be placed.

      c) If there are multiple cyclists, as there often is, who gets to use it? Would you suggest a string of ten units? Cyclists find their own order and stop where they feel most comfortable and safe during variable traffic conditions. Having a target such as this to the side of the road adds another element of coordination and risk, it does not seem in the least bit intuitive.

      As much as I support cycling as a method of commuting, I think this creates more problems than it solves. I like to use my feet for stability if and when I need to.

  • Garthwick

    Time to get a girl’s bike and move on.

  • Michael H.

    You’d be amazed to see how spoilt and selfish the world-famous Copenhagen cyclist appears in traffic. Helmet clad, pod-plugged and tunnel-visioned, she stands her ground and no one at City Hall would dare to cross her path.

  • ADK biker

    Looks to me like the perfect place to get pinned by a vehicle. I’d rather fly through the air thank you.

  • I’m glad to see all responses, positive and negative, we are all in the game to improve everyday life here, in this case for cyclists. It is important as a designer to imagine a variety of situations and contexts when you design. You cannot, as many above, think “I don’t need this on MY way to school” nor “None of my young hip fixy bike friends need this”. You have to think further. Who is not commuting by bike today? Which aid could help to broaden the commuting mass?

    Here in Sweden and in, for example, Denmark and other countries working actively on an urban scale, so called “green highways” are established, these are traffic separated bicycle paths in to cities. For this and many other situations we have come to a conclusion that this product is needed. Right or wrong, time will tell. It is important that we stay experimental and challenge the current way we do things all the time. Isn’t it?

    Marcus Abrahamsson, designer and architect, Sweden

  • Chris Z

    Why not on both sides of the bollard: two handles, two foot-rests?

  • Paul

    If your feet don’t touch the ground when stopped, and your butt is on the seat, then you don’t have the seat adjusted to the right height for yourself. I learned that from an avid bicycle racer.