Northamptonshire student puts the brakes on

Former Moulton Secondary School pupil Callum Scott-Collins is bidding to develop a potentially life-saving braking system for cyclists. He has created an antilock braking system as part of his final-year design project at Brunel University London.
Former Moulton Secondary School pupil Callum Scott-Collins is bidding to develop a potentially life-saving braking system for cyclists. He has created an antilock braking system as part of his final-year design project at Brunel University London.

A former Moulton Secondary School pupil is bidding to develop a potentially life-saving braking system for cyclists.

Callum Scott-Collins set out to mirror a motor car’s antilock braking system as part of his final-year design project at Brunel University London.

“Road safety is paramount for cyclists,” said Callum, 21, from Main Street, Hannington.

“The antilock brake was implemented on cars and motorbikes and has had a dramatic effect in creating safer road conditions, so why not on bicycles?

“The idea is very simple.

“By creating a braking system that improves control and also reduces braking distances in harsh braking conditions, not only does it make the act of cycling safer but it also helps to increase confidence.”

As well as working on an ABS design that would work on a bicycle wheel, Callum has also had to create a simplified hydraulic brake caliper using one piston.

He added: “This is the first antilock brake to be put on a man-powered bike.”

Callum’s final-year project was selected for the prestigious Made in Brunel Fresh Perspectives Exhibition on the South Bank.

Hehas been studying a BA in Industrial Design and Technology.

To see close-up photographs and an in-depth exlanation of the development of the device – visit portfolio.madeinbrunel.com/2015/callum-scott-collins.