Citi Bike, the company behind the bike-sharing programs in many urban centers, is testing a new safety system with the help of Blaze Laserlights. The company plans to place the lights on 250 of its bikes in New York City as part of a pilot project for assessing their ability to keep both cyclists and pedestrians safe.
For cyclists, handling unpredictable drivers on the roads is a challenge that requires alertness. Factor in pedestrians who often don't adhere to the rules of the road, and staying safe only gets harder. Blaze Laserlights project a bicycle symbol approximately 20 feet in front of the cyclist, giving inattentive pedestrians an early warning when a rider's approaching.
Research on the Blaze Laserlights on Citi Bikes in London has shown that cyclists using the lights at night are even safer than cyclists in the daytime.