LaneSight is self contained unit fixed on the bicycle which uses a vehicle’s speed and distance to deploy its audible (to the cyclist) and visual (to the driver of the car) warning systems when the vehicle is approaching from the rear. The warning systems won’t deploy if the vehicle is traveling at a safe distance and speed in regards to the cyclist. Unlike other video capturing devices specific to cyclists, LaneSight® technologies only record and save data if the warning system is triggered. Captured video and data can then be transferred via Bluetooth, Wifi or a USB cable.
Trelock LS 950 Control Ion Bike Light
Trelock LS 950 out-shines a car! The Trelock LS 950 offers more than 45-hours run-time on its get-around-town 10 LUX setting, and more than 6 hours on its astonishingly bright 70 LUX setting. Recharges via USB cable. An integrated display shows remaining power, light setting, and remaining run time. Watch video: Smart Car vs.LS 950
Hövding Airbag for Cyclists
You can now buy a helmet that’s an airbag that attaches around your neck. This is amazing technology. Pricey at 399 euros but we’re hoping bike shops will carry this item. For now it’s only available on line. Check out the videos that show how well it works.
Laser lanes device lets you make your own bike path
When riding at night, you can now create your own highly visible instant ‘bike lane’ with powerful LED lights and two red lasers, alerting motorists on how to safely navigate around you.
Grown-up cyclists need helmets too
(New York Times, May 20, 2010)
This is a wonderful safety addition for any bicycle, called a “safety wing.” It sticks out out about 12″ attached at the rear of the cycle. Cantitoe Road has other safety accessories as well.
Keep Your Eye On The Bike T-shirts
This is a commercial site selling very visible safety awareness T-shirts with lettering “KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE BIKE” on the back. The producer, Cal Roper, is donating a small percentage of its profits to SBF. We purchased a small number of these shirts w/ the SBF logo on the front but the supply is exhausted. If there’s interest, we’ll ask Cal to produce a batch so they can be ordered directly from him.
Get Yourself a Bike Bell (adapted from Marin County Bicycle Coalition alert to off-road cyclists)
The ringing tone of a bicycle bell is a universally understood audible signal indicating a person’s intent to pass another person. Without it, you may have slowed down to safe passing speed only to hear “SLOW DOWN” yelled at you by those formerly benign but now frightened and angry pedestrians or hikers. This can be explained by the ‘fight or flight’ response. It is a natural reaction that our bodies have developed for self protection. You see, even though you safely passed these people with no risk to anyone, they didn’t experience it that way. Because they never heard you coming, their fight or flight response produced a bolt of adrenaline through their body and they felt genuine fear for their safety. This adrenaline and fear is usually accompanied by quickly moving excessively far off of the trail or street and yelling whatever verbiage flows (insert your nastiest experienced insult here). That is where your bike bell can change every experience you ever have.
Just think of another scenario: Upon rounding that corner and seeing the hikers or pedestrians doing their thing, you move your thumb over and give two quick strokes of your bell lever. The two rings produced alerts them to your impending passing and allows them to move over without the adrenaline ever kicking in. It is amazing how the tone of a bike bell just sounds nice and friendly. Why is it so much more friendly than a squealing disc break, grinding tires, or “ON YOUR LEFT”? We think the answer is clear. Bike bells take you back to a time of your youth. They just sound friendly.