Road safety: the New York bike will project their way on the road
A new lighting system will be integrated into Citi Bike, New York's self-service bike system. This will allow users of the service to be more easily spotted.
Citi Bike, the self-service bicycle system in New York, will integrate this year a new security lighting system by the British company Blaze named "Laserlight". The bikes will project on the road a green light, which will create the image of a bicycle, at 6 meters distance. In this way, urban cyclists can easily report their presence to cars and pedestrians, according to Blaze.
Urban cyclists will be more easily reported
The Laserlight will have a 13-hour of autonomy and a fast charging capacity. Walder, CEO of Motivate (Citi Bike's parent company), says “By incorporating Blaze’s lights into the bike, we aim to keep New Yorkers on foot, behind the wheel, and riding a Citi Bike safer, and to improve the rider experience overall, so that people of all backgrounds are inspired to try New York City’s popular bike share program.”
First, the city will experiment with this innovation on 250 bicycles in March 2017. But before the end of the year, the system will be integrated into the 6,000 units. A significant investment, considering that each Laserlight has a cost of $200 per unit.
However, this is not the first test of this new technology. The London service of Boris Bikes had already integrated the products of Blaze in 2015 on its 12,000 bicycles. And, indeed, it seems to work well, according to a study by the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL). Indeed, the researchers of the TRL emphasize that the visibility of the cyclists increased during the night periods thanks to Laserlight.