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The laser light that could cut cyclist deaths
Arion McNicoll and Stefanie Blendis, CNN
6:09 AM EDT, Fri September 13, 2013
It's an all too familiar story: driver doesn't spot cyclist. Driver turns. Driver hits cyclist. But what if cyclist had all the tools to protect them from danger? With the latest in bicycle gadgetry, they can. Making your presence known on your two-wheeled adventure is key to survival and the Blaze bike light by British designer Emily Brooke does exactly that. A front-mounted light powered by bright LEDs, Blaze projects a green laser image of a bicycle onto the road ahead to let motorists know you are coming.
The inventor —
Brooke, herself a keen cyclist, said she wanted to come up with a solution to the principal cause of cyclist fatalities -- being struck by a turning vehicle.
Night light —
With Pure Fix's glow-in-the-dark bike, nighttime riding just became less risky. The entire frame is charged by sunlight and will illuminate at night.
Courtesy Pure Fix Cycles
Smart bars —
'Transform any bike into a smart bike' is the Helios tagline, whose detachable smart bars house LED lights that provide widespread illumination. You can use your smartphone to alter the color and intensity of your lights as well as track your bike's coordinates should it get stolen.
Hand signals —
Japanese bicycle company Doppelganger has introduced these light-up gloves to improve visibility when indicating.