Bikes seem to be the key for a healthier, better lifestyle – both for our bodies and our environment. So it is of no surprise that they continue to be at the heart of urban change and reform. While bikes may be a new alternative to avoiding daily rush hour, what about when you need to get home after a long night at work? The Bike Zone invention may be the answer.
Bike Zone recently won an industrial design award for their innovation for safer night-biking. Two bracelet-looking devices are clasped to your bike frame and emit a bright red laser design to the left or right of your bike onto the street, allowing cars and others on the road to easily see you. These lasers project what are essentially left, right, and warning directional signals onto the pavement.
This device is not yet on the market, but until then night cyclists can look for Xfire’s similar laser device, which projects a personal bike lane onto the pavement as you ride. Currently it is selling for around $39.99 – a reasonable price for access to the roads at night without archaic reflectors or the ever-fashionable yellow reflector jackets.
These designs seem to be in response to the growing number of cyclists on the road – and are making sure this increase doesn’t lead to a growing number of accidents.
I am envisioning nighttime city tours becoming part of the tourism landscape and hope these lights will encourage even more to make the choice to leave their keys & grab a helmet.
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