Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Instant bike lane


GOOD reports: [edited]

As we look for ways to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and find viable transportation alternatives to the internal combustion engine, many urbanites are turning to that staple of bipedal locomotion: the humble bicycle.

While ridership is increasing every year, bicycle safety remains a huge issue: in 2007 [in the US, Ed], 43,000 people were injured in bike accidents, resulting in 698 deaths. Though many cities are getting serious about making bike-friendly infrastructure changes, installing bike lanes is a costly proposition with a glacial pace of implementation.

Enter LightLane, a safety concept from the clever designers at Altitude, Inc. The system projects a virtual bike lane using lasers on the ground around the cyclists, providing drivers with a recognizable boundary they can easily avoid.
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4 comments:

Mr Gnome said...

How clever!

BJMonkey said...

Blegh, it's american.
He's on the wrong side of the road.

brett jordan said...

:-), I guess they'll have to produce a UK/Japanese version...

Mr Gnome said...

On second thoughts, perhaps drivers will be mesmerised by the moving 'cycle lane' to the extent that they will gaze at it rather than at the prevailing road conditions....

 
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