Get a Grip Project

Made by Lisa Carter · UNLISTED (SHOWN IN POOLS)

A redesign of public bus passenger straps putting ergonomics and comfort first

Created: March 13th, 2019


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For this project, I chose to explore how to better redesign bus strap handles. After riding the city buses the past few years, I think the straps could be a little easier to hang onto, especially on a crowded bus at the end of a long day.

Current strap design on most Pittsburgh buses is generally just a piece of standard nylon strap, which can cut into users hands and slip off easily. I sought to incorporate an added plastic or rubber element to the strap, taking inspiration from duffel bag handles as well as other bus strap designs to mold a grip that fits for many hands. 

Existing bus strap design (left), ergonomic duffel bag handle design (right)


Initial Sketches