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Paper Could Soon Be The Way Cyclists Stay Safe

The designer was inspired after not having access to an inexpensive helmet while traveling.

By Melissa Prax | November 18, 2016

The future of city bicycling could be eco-friendly, paper helmets

"I wanted to use bike-share bikes, and I was quite uncomfortable riding in the road. ... and just not having an inexpensive option available to me, I was like, this is a big gap," designer Isis Shiffer said. 

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Here's how they work. The model is made of a unique cardboard honeycomb pattern that spreads the impact and protects the cyclist's head from a blow. 

You're probably wondering what happens if you ride in the rain. Well, the cardboard has a coating that makes it withstand water for several hours. 

While more testing would have to happen before the public can get their hands on one, the helmet materials cost less than $5 and can be recycled after using. 

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