One of the less joyful aspects of cycling in a city is thinking about getting hit by a car, especially when cycling at night without all the bells and whistles the ninja-looking cyclists wear to remain visible at night and during the day. However, even bike lights and reflective jackets are often not enough to ward off distracted or careless drivers, as the lights often become visible only at short distance and mark only a fraction of the cyclists’ road presence. London along with many other cities lacks sufficient bike lanes, which tend to provide the most distinct and visible protection for urban cyclists. With installation costs of $5,000 to $50,000 per mile, we shouldn’t expect to find bike lanes everywhere soon either.
Light Lane, a product by Altitude created somewhat of an answer to the problem of lacking bike lanes. The system projects a crisply defined virtual bike lane onto pavement, using a laser, providing drivers with a familiar boundary to avoid. This seems like an excellent design for cyclist safety issues, though I’d like to know more about how the system will be powered and how costly it’ll be.
[Image courtesy of Altitude]