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Cycle Safety - New Bicycle Lights Should Increase Rider Safety

Updated on September 27, 2011

Safety First When I'm Cycling

As an avid cyclist, I'm always trying to find long, challenging routes to tackle on my bike.. I try to find long straight away trails or roads with challenging hills and enough room to pull over to avoid passing traffic...

Most of the time, I bike after work, and as fall and winter come, I'm typically riding at dusk or in the dark by the time I'm done. So, I'll typically wear a reflective safety vest, use a strobe light and ankle reflective bands so that on-coming traffic can see me.. I also use a 5 watt cycling lamp so I can see where I'm going..

Revolights - New Prototype Light System (Photo courtesy of CNN)
Revolights - New Prototype Light System (Photo courtesy of CNN)

Revolights - Prototype Lights to Increase Cyclist Safety

Yesterday (9/24/11), I was reading articles on CNN, when I came across an article on a new prototypical light system for bikes called Revolights.. I provided a link to the article at right. They are wheel mounted LED lights that significantly increase a bike's visibility to motorists and pedestrians..

The lighting system has a "head on" LED light on the front tire which is a white color, and a "tailing" light on the back tire, which is red in color.. The visibility at night appears remarkable, and would make a cyclist much more visible to motorists..

A cool feature of the lights is that when the bike is standing still, the lights flash in a sequence, but when the wheels are moving, they form a solid arc of light..

According to the article, the revolight would be publicly released sometime in the spring of 2012, once they finalize their design.. Certainly, something I'll be looking into..

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      Brian Anderson 6 years ago from United States

      I hope you do get back into cycling Gypsy Willow.. I've had some close ones as well.. Appreciate the comment!

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      Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      I used to love to cycle but after a few close shaves I've stopped. Maybe new lighting might help make it safer.

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      Brian Anderson 6 years ago from United States

      I agree, Aupadhyay.. Need to get more cars and trucks off the roads.. Appreciate the nice comments..

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      ANIL KUMAR UPADHYAY 6 years ago from INDIA, UTTAR PRADESH STATE, KANPUR CITY

      I think the era of bicycle has to come. Rapid hike in the price of petrol & diesel would lead us to use bicycles. It is time to invent more convenient bicycles. Your hub is one of the efforts which might have been required to be taken. Thanks.

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      Brian Anderson 6 years ago from United States

      Hi Kristi - I don't think the wheel lights would have helped that dude.. Thanks for the comment!

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      KristiF 6 years ago from DC

      No joke, on my way home from OC today, we almost hit a man head on, who was riding his bike UP the exit ramp.. he was a lucky man, Very Very Very Lucky.

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      Brian Anderson 6 years ago from United States

      Thanks, yesblogger.. I thought so..

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      Amartya Gupta 6 years ago from India

      Interesting.........

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      Brian Anderson 6 years ago from United States

      Thanks, Paradise7.. I'm looking forward to it coming out.. Appreciate the comment!

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      This improvement could be a Godsend for bicycle safety. Thanks for the hub.

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