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Transform Streets Fast with the Wave Delineator!

See the streets of Indianapolis transformed in hours with the Saris Wave Delineator. Temporary infrastructure that works.

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The patented Wave Delineator brings new life to existing mobility infrastructure, making it more fun and approachable for families with children. Don’t be surprised when you see kids of all ages grinning ear-to-ear and doing the ‘wave’ as they pass. 

By transforming streets in a matter of hours, the Wave Delineator helps your community re-imagine existing infrastructure in a new and more vibrant way. 

The Wave Delineator was developed with a specific purpose: Make it easier for communities to say YES to mobility infrastructure by making infrastructure beautiful. 

Until now, your only options for mobility lane delineation were ugly, orange or white bollards or sticks. Let's be honest, no one is voting yes to live in an ugly construction zone. 

The Wave Delineator makes it easy for communities to say yes to infrastructure changes. 

Beautiful and Effective

The results don't lie, the Wave Delineator works. In 2017, the City of San Jose installed pop-up protected bike lanes in several downtown locations and has used the feedback they received to construct permanent protected bike lines. San Jose surveyed the public on the pop-up protected bike lanes and received a positive impression from 75% of respondents. One user commented: 

I loved the white wave barriers. I like the design and think it makes the street more attractive.

Read the full study from Hilary Nixon, Ph. D San Jose State University here: Evaluating San Jose's 4th Street Pop-Up Bikeway. What does the public think? 


We're cyclists. We know how dangerous the road is and we take great care to ensure the safety of our products. From the layered wave design (to add depth) to reflective stickers to specified height (optimized for cyclists and drivers) the Wave Delineator was engineered with safety and visibility in mind.  Cyclists can hit it without consequence and drivers think its metal so they take care not to hit it. Check out more photos and videos @WaveDelineator on Instagram.

More than a Bollard

The Wave Delineator is making a splash at events around the globe. Recently spotted July 8, 2019 – August 30, 2019 on Broadway in NYC as part of the stunning  Garment District Alliance ‘Nymph Pond’ mural by Carla Torres, in Friedrichshafen Germany at Eurobike, as part of a protected pop-up in Salt Lake City, UT with Spin Scooters, BikeUtah and SLCMoves,  a mobility pop-up with Spin Scooters in San Francisco, in Cambridge WI as a event lane delineator at a bike race, and as a course for a mountain bike race down the streets of Duluth, MN

The Wave Delineator does much more than just protected bike lanes, it’s event infrastructure that’s easy-to-use, lightweight and looks awesome on film!

The Proposal

Saris proposes to partner with an Indianapolis non-profit mobility advocacy organization to donate 150 Wave Delineators (1,200 linear feet) for their ongoing use at events throughout Indianapolis. Events could include:

  • Safe Routes to Schools
  • Vision Zero
  • Open Streets Events
  • Indiana Pacer/Colt game bike valet
  • Bike/Run/Walk/Triathalon Races
  • Fun Run's
  • Community events
  • Farmers markets
  • Parades
  • Tactical Urbanism Projects

The Right Partner

At Saris, we believe in the power of grass-roots advocacy and have long partnered with local organizations to enact real change. For this project, we will partner with Indianapolis based, mobility focused, 501c3 organizations such as Bike Indianapolis, Bicycle Indiana,  IndyCog etc.

The selected non-profit retains ownership of the Wave Delineators and would be encouraged to make the Wave Delineators available for other community groups to use.

Product Details

Each Wave Delineator is 8 feet in length, constructed of recycled plastic and weighs a mere 11 pounds each. The Wave Delineator is highly mobile, requires no anchoring and can be setup in less than one minute. This product is ideal for temporary protected bike/pedestrian spaces, events and tactical urbanism projects.

  • Dual wave shape optimized for visibility
  • Reflective decals
  • Chamfered edges
  • ADA compliant
  • Height optimized for drivers and cyclists
  • Integrated storage tabs
  • Recycled ABS Thermoplastic
  • 1-year warranty
  • Made in the USA
  • Length: 8 feet popped up; 11 feet collapsed
  • Weight: 11 pounds
  • Patented for Design and Use

Saris: Know No Bounds

Saris isn't a start up, we are a family-owned corporation with over 45 years of experience producing bike products from our Madison, Wisconsin manufacturing facility. 

We believe in making quality products people need right here in the USA. 

We push boundaries, re-imagine products, eliminate barriers and "Know No Bounds" so you can enjoy the ride. We are doing more than just imagining a more bike-able world. As a team of assemblers, designers, marketers, engineers, tool makers, sewers and so many more - we're all in, making it happen

From the eye-catching infrastructure on the streets of L.A. to inclusive urban bike parks to revolutionary movement technology for indoor riding, we are committed to spreading the joy of biking now and in the future. Not just for us but for our communities, our children and our children’s children.

Learn more: Saris - Know No Bounds

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

End users of are cyclists, pedestrians, families, kids and drivers. Owners include advocacy groups, municipalities, DOT’s and other government groups. Mary bikes to work on a road with a painted bike lane. The paint is fading, and the cars are much faster. She feels intimidated. She enters a section of protected bike lane and exhales. The continuous Wave Delineator makes her feel safer, that the cars see the line. Chris is a City Planner evaluating data with Ford Mobility. They identify a troubling trend of collisions along a popular unprotected bike lane. Chris engages his streets team to deploy the Wave Delineator to study the effects for possible permanent changes. Joey manages the bike valet for the sports arena. He uses the Wave Delineator to keep order on the bike path to his valet station. Mark competes in a triathlon; he smiles as he passes the Wave around a corner on the bike race. Hours later, he smiles again when he sees the wave leading him to the finish.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Fully Scaled - you have already scaled your solution and are exploring new use cases

Insights from previous testing (500 characters)

Communities across North America have used the Wave Delineator with great success. Comments about the Wave are overwhelmingly positive. Polling conducted during a pilot in San Jose received comments like “I loved the white wave barriers. I like the design and think it makes the street more attractive…”

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

Headquartered in Madison, WI, Saris has been in the business for 45 years. Our products are conceptualized and built by cyclists for cyclists. From product design to test engineering to manufacturing, we own our entire process. We source material locally through long-standing partnerships and we respect and appreciate the natural environment.

Size of your team or organization

  • 51-250

Funding Request

  • $25,000

Rough Budget (500 characters)

Wave Delineator Cost Estimate: $20,750.00 for 150 units Programming: $4,250.00* *Any funds remaining after Wave Delineator purchase and freight charges will be donated to the local advocacy organization for use in their program costs.

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

Saris will loan up to 100 demo wave delineators to the local advocacy group for a pilot project. Challenge funding will be utilized to transport the demo waves to Indianapolis and to fund a Saris Employee to oversee the project install.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

Pilot success would be gauged by on the ground feedback as well as reception to photos and/or videos of the event.

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

Yes, the Wave Delineators are a resource that the community will continue to use after the conclusion of the project.


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Hello Patricia Kapinos  

We should collaborate on this one or the next one.

Thank you,

Vignesh Swaminathan 
Rapid implementation of Complete streets elements for safe comfortable streets for all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. 

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