The GLOBARS are a concept developed by Massachusetts College of Art and Design student Mitchell Silva that turns bike handles luminescent. Silva was inspired to make his creation after his own biking experiences, and the fact that 51,000 cyclists were injured by traffic in 2009.
Silva made the GLOBARS by cutting long strips from the bars and then adding a plastic tubing inside. He then added LED bulbs inside the plastic making the bars burst with light. The bars also have turn signals, which can be activated with the hands.
Silva says the GLOBARS still need a few tweaks and are not quite ready for the streets, but it won't be long before this becomes the standard safety feature for late-night cyclists.
The GLOBARS Keep Riders Safe at Night
1. Luminescent Bike Handles - The concept of luminescent bike handles presents an opportunity for innovative safety features in the cycling industry.
2. Integrated LED Lighting - The integration of LED bulbs into bike handlebars opens up possibilities for enhanced visibility and safety measures for cyclists.
3. Gesture-activated Turn Signals - The development of gesture-activated turn signals on bike handles offers disruptive potential for improved signaling systems in the biking community.
1. Bicycle Manufacturing - The bicycle manufacturing industry can explore the incorporation of luminescent bike handles with integrated LED lighting as a safety feature.
2. Safety Equipment - The safety equipment industry has an opportunity to develop and produce gesture-activated turn signals for bike handles, catering to the needs of cyclists.
3. Smart Transportation - The smart transportation industry can leverage luminescent bike handles with integrated LED lighting to enhance safety measures for cyclists in urban environments.