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I'd reckon if they can get funding they can get it simplified and drop the cost. It's only led lights, batteries and a small controller right?

Yes. I believe they use accelerometers as part of the controllers. The LED lighting mode changes when you begin to slow down, allowing vehicles to notice that the rider is slowing down or stopping. This feature has been killed-- instead the accelerometers are used to create arches during the night time ride.
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Safety > Price in my mind, but $250 is a bit absurd. Sure, if it came with a built in charging system and a few pairs of spare bulbs, and turn signals(why not?) it might seem a bit more down to earth on the price... Great idea in all, though. thumb.gif
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For that much money I could get 10 1W front lights and 5 pretty awesome tail lights. I'm sure that would make me more visable, but would not look quite as cool.

I currently ride with a couple of 1W lights up front, a head lamp and red lights on my backpack and seat post. I have found though that it doesn't seem to matter how many lights you have, some drivers will still manage not to see you.

I have lost track of the number of close calls I have had from cars cutting me up, turning right at red right in front of me, running stop signs, parking or driving in the bike lane or turning left as I am coming towards them. I follow the rules, ride defensively, treat every driver as a potential murderer* and am still very thankful for disk brakes.


* Most are fine, but it only takes one idiot to kill someone
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post #24 of 78
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For that much money I could get 10 1W front lights and 5 pretty awesome tail lights. I'm sure that would make me more visable, but would not look quite as cool.
I currently ride with a couple of 1W lights up front, a head lamp and red lights on my backpack and seat post. I have found though that it doesn't seem to matter how many lights you have, some drivers will still manage not to see you.
I have lost track of the number of close calls I have had from cars cutting me up, turning right at red right in front of me, running stop signs, parking or driving in the bike lane or turning left as I am coming towards them. I follow the rules, ride defensively, treat every driver as a potential murderer* and am still very thankful for disk brakes.
* Most are fine, but it only takes one idiot to kill someone

To be fair, it's not always the driver's fault. There are countless times I've seen bicyclists riding right in a vehicle's blind spot. I mean, one would think that someone that bikes fairly often knows to stay away from the rear right quarter of a car or truck, but I still see it happen all the time where I live.

One thing I don't understand is why they don't let bicyclists back on the sidewalks. There are so many areas downtown that it is just dangerous for anyone to be on a bike in the road. Plus, cars passing bicyclists on narrow two-lane roads can be very dangerous for both parties.
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Actually, got hit by a car today when biking to work. He was exiting a parking lot and decided not to stop even though there was clearly a stop sign and I was already on the street crossing. *sigh* Luckily, for me, is was more of a bump of my bike. Screamed at him though, made me feel good. biggrin.gif

I can see this as a really fun DIY project. I might pick up some LEDs and have some fun. biggrin.gif

EDIT:
Personal quip: WHY are there not sidewalks everywhere? I hate it when I am forced to bike in a bike lane or the grass. Absolutely hate it. I've still gotten hit a couple times (ie slow collisions, nothing major just shrug it off) but damn.
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Don't know about where you guys live but here it is actually ILLEGAL to ride a bike on the sidewalk.
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I'll stick with my P7 LED lights, I can guarantee I'm seen easier with one of these than with those wheel lights.

My main concern with them is that the biggest visibility problems with bikes are at night from directly behind (bike rear lights are terrible). If a car is directly behind me, instead of seeing some bright LED's, they'll just see some red haze on the road. Which would be (maybe) adequate on unlit roads, but in the UK, most street lights are orange, you're not going to see these projecting on the road. You're a quickly going to become a statistic.
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They're not targeting a mass cycling society. This is for urban cyclist wanting to avoid getting killed by cars. High powered bike lights cost more than 300 bucks btw.

No they don't. Some do like the ones from Hope, but ones like these - BIKE LIGHT - are actually cheap. You can get them for about half that price, that's just the first eBay listing I pulled up. And this is how good they are - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luaASDQ058E&feature=related. So yeah, high powered visibility is no longer expensive smile.gif.

I use one of those on the front of each of my bikes and I have had people actually tell me to turn it off because of how bright it is. They're very bright, I've never had anyone not see me from the front with those lights. Even on the low mode they're brighter than almost all commercially available bike lights, I only switch it to high when I go to unlit bits of road or roads with a lot of openings from side streets and such.
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Don't know about where you guys live but here it is actually ILLEGAL to ride a bike on the sidewalk.
Bikes are considered vehicles that's the problem. I almost got a ticket since I like to ride my bike opposite traffic when in the bike lane. I like see incoming cars so if somehow my cat like jumping skills may save me lol.
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Bikes are considered vehicles that's the problem. I almost got a ticket since I like to ride my bike opposite traffic when in the bike lane. I like see incoming cars so if somehow my cat like jumping skills may save me lol.

Well, they are vehicles. You shouldn't be riding on the pavement (sidewalk). In the UK it's a £60 ($110) fine on the spot.

I don't see why you'd ride toward traffic either, that just means the impact velocity if you did get hit, would be significantly higher and probably kill you tongue.gif.
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There are so many areas downtown that it is just dangerous for anyone to be on a bike in the road. Plus, cars passing bicyclists on narrow two-lane roads can be very dangerous for both parties.

I work in Glasgow city centre as a bike courier. If you know the rules of the road and ride to them, cycling in the city is totally safe. I've done thousands of miles as a bike delivery guy and I've never had a single crash, because I respect others on the road and I cycle to the letter of the law. No pavements for me. It's a confidence thing.
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Well, they are vehicles. You shouldn't be riding on the pavement (sidewalk). In the UK it's a £60 ($110) fine on the spot.
I don't see why you'd ride toward traffic either, that just means the impact velocity if you did get h it, would be significantly higher and probably kill you tongue.gif.
15mph +45mph = instadeath
45mph-15mph = most likely hospitalized or dead

No insurance.

I'd rather die (seriously, not joking).


I'm glad I haven't gotten a fine yet, maybe it's not illegal. What's so wrong with riding a bike on a sidewalk? I feel a lot more safer. You wouldn't be surprised how many times I've seen people go into a turning lane and almost hit a bicyclist.

EDIT:
I've actually almost got hit by this lady who made a right turn onto the sidewalk. Luckily I was paying attention and jumped out of the way. I was not a happy person then, was going to give her a piece of my mind but I don't think she even noticed she almost hit me. frown.gif
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