According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of 600 cyclists are killed each year in motor vehicle-related accidents in the US. While more and more people are trading gas guzzlers for bikes, most roads are ill-equipped to safely accommodate those who opt for two-wheeled transportation alternatives.
Only a small fraction of streets have dedicated bike lanes, and with an installation cost of $5,000 to $50,000 per mile, don’t expect to find them everywhere anytime soon. Instead of adapting cycling to established bike lanes, the bike lane should adapt to the cyclists. That’s the idea behind the LightLane, a concept project that ensures cyclists a bike lane wherever they go.
Conceived by a group of designers at Altitude, Inc., the LightLane bike attachment projects a crisply defined laser to project a highly visible virtual bike lane onto the pavement, in the cyclist’s trail, thus creating a clear division of road between car and bike. With a wider margin of safety, bikers will regain their confidence to ride at night, making the bike a more viable commuting alternative.
Until cities start investing more in dedicated bike lanes, this gadget could potentially be a true lifesaver.