Seven accessories that can make the road safer
Bikesphere is a project developed by Michelin to make cyclists more visible to the driver at night. The company said lack of safe distance leads to over 5,000 accident each year. Bikesphere uses light sensors to detect headlights and mark out an area for drivers to avoid.
While Michelin hasn’t made it available yet, British startup Blaze already has a similar product that’s coming soon for $95 on Kickstarter you can get.
2. Turning Signal Gloves
ZACKEES is a pair of gloves with indicating LED lights for cyclists. If you live in a foggy city like San Francisco, these gloves will help drivers identify the riders. It is available now for $74.95.
3. Breaklight on a bike helmet
CosmoConnected is a smart helmet that offers visibility for motorcyclist on the road. It uses an internal accelerometer to track the behavior of the motorcycle.
Once it detects a sudden stop or other odd behaviors, it will automatically send the stress signal to first responders. The helmet can also send text messages to friends and family including the location once an accident has occurred.
4. Helite Airbag Jacket
This jacket would work as an airbag once the impact is detected. The jacket would connect the rider with the bike via a lanyard. The airbags would activate once the lanyard is detached.
The jacket is designed for bikers. It looks like a regular jacket and comes in a variety of styles, including the classic black leather jacket. The price ranges from $500 to $ $1000.
5. Lumos Aster commute backpack
This backpack probably has the most light we have seen on one backpack. It has a front light on the straps so drivers would see the rider in the rearview mirror. It has a profile light, and a backlight that rider can use to indicate.
However, this comes at a steep price. It is available on Kickstarter.
6. Lumos Helmet
Lumos is a smart helmet for cyclists. It has a front light and a backlight, plus signal lights you can mount on the handlebar to control. It needed to be charged via USB and can last about 30 minutes. It is available now on Kickstarter.
7. Tracer 360
Either you like to run at night, or commute on your bike after dark, tracer 360 could help you be more visible to the others out there. You can even put it on your pets. It uses a light you can strap on your outfit like a vest. If it is weatherproof and you can customize it to the color you like. It is available now for $54.95