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Taipei Cycle Nominates Award Winners

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TAIPEI, Taiwan – A panel of 6 global design experts selected a total of 44 prize winners of the 184 entries in the Taipei Cycle design &innovation awards 2013. Four of them will receive a Taipei Cycle Gold Award.

Taipei Cycle Nominates Award Winners
Taipei Cycle d&i Gold Award winners will be announced at the award ceremony on the eve of the Taipei Cycle Show.

A new category this year is e-bikes. The jury of the Taipei Cycle d&i awards noted that designs of electric vehicles are more focused on bringing supplemental power systems to traditional bicycles. But they predicted that future designs will return to the basic LEV design.

‘Bicycles are here to stay’
“Traditional bicycles will not disappear due to changes in user habits, or changing demands among different rider demographics,” said jury member Han Goes. “Bicycles are here to stay, due to higher oil prices in Europe and the increase in commuters traveling back and forth from home and work.”

Another strong trend noted by the jury is the application of different materials. For instance, plastics are increasingly being used to cover the wires and electric features on LEVs to make them lighter and assembly easier.

Business opportunities
The 2nd Taipei Cycle d&i awards is organized by iF International Design Forum. Sean Lee, the iF IDF Director for Greater China, said a good product should not only be useful, but it must also be well designed for the best of business opportunities.

The four winners of the Taipei Cycle d&i Gold Award will be announced at the award ceremony on the eve of the Taipei Cycle Show which takes place from March 20-23.

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