How do we quickly and affordably convert car-dominated and unsafe streets into safe and attractive places for everyone? You have the power to change that by designing a better barrier!


Left two images by PeopleForBikes, second from right image by Team Better Block featuring Saris Wave Delineators, right image by by Dezign Line


The “Better Barrier” challenge invites teams or individuals with experience in design, planning, and/or the everyday familiarity with using a micromobility vehicle (bike, scooter, skateboard, wheelchair, etc.) on urban streets to develop ideas for new bike and mobility lane barriers – products that will physically protect lane users, but that are also simple, affordable, low-maintenance, and visually attractive. This competition’s goal is to find a better barrier that is protective, accessible, and makes a community more attractive.

As micromobility vehicles become more popular transportation options, the need to redistribute street space is growing. Providing dedicated space for these micromobility vehicles is a start, but physical separation from moving vehicular traffic created through some form of barrier is the desired standard to ensure ultimate safety. Typically, barriers used by cities for bike and mobility lanes are unprotective, high- maintenance, expensive, and unattractive.

Left image by The Star, middle image by the SFMTA, right image by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition


Once all submissions have been received and judged, three barrier designs will be selected as finalists and fabricated by Team Better Block in partnership with Spin. Of these three, a top design will be selected as the winner, and will be professionally fabricated and installed in future projects across the country. See the Share Your Idea section below for submission specifics.


To be competitive in this challenge, your barrier design must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Provides a protective physical buffer from motor vehicles for mobility lane users
  • Improves aesthetic of streetscape
  • Low maintenance (does not require frequent cleaning or replacement, and also encourages little need for maintenance within the lane.)
  • Highly durable (able to withstand weather-related elements, vehicle impact, etc.)
  • Little to no engineering needed on site to install
  • Production of barrier is affordable for communities to use
  • Able to be produced using sustainable materials/processes


To share your idea with us, refer to the Competition Requirements downloadable form below. Once you have completed the PDFs containing the written and graphic portions of the application, click the Submit Your Idea button and attach the required PDFs. 



︎ Hand-drawn graphics example                                      

︎ Computer-rendered graphics example                                      

︎ Written material example


Check out our FAQ page, or contact with additional questions.

Please join our Webinar on Thursday, March 26th at 2pm CST for more information and to address any additional questions you might have.