• Jun 23, 2009
LightLane - Click above to watch a video after the jump

There's no question that well-designed and implemented bike lanes improve safety for cyclists by making them less likely to be hit by passing automobiles, and that's especially true after the sun goes down. LightLane thinks it has the solution in the form of frickin' laser beams downward-pointing green lasers on either side of a flashing red LED tail lamp. Designed to clamp on to nearly any seatpost, as the bicycle moves forward, an instant virtual bike lane appears in bright green on either side of the rider.

A single charge of the onboard lithium ion battery pack provides three hours of continuous use, and any universal cell phone charger is reportedly capable of recharging the battery pack. We'd still suggest wearing a reflective jacket or vest along with the rest of the applicable safety gear, but anything that improves the safety of cyclists is fine by us. Click past the break for a video of a LightLane prototype in action.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      until those lasers are able to shoot cars and destroy them, i don't think this'll work.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They're actually working on a model that melts the tires of oncoming cars that stray into the path of the laser beams. ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      frickin' laser beams...lol

      I'm not sure I get it. How is it safer for a bicyclist...at NIGHT...to designate his/her own lane? Using that logic, I could get a set for my car and after closing time weave my way home; "No ossifer, I was maintaining my lane prefectly..."
        • 5 Years Ago
        And having just watched the YouTube video, that guy and his pretty green lasers is a prime candidate to become roadkill.

        BTW, the first time I tried to load the video, I got an error message stating there was an "invalid parameter". Fitting, no?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The point is so bikers can have their own underbody lighting.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like it, I don't like riding at night but if I had to, I'd want all sorts of light up flashing laser beam devices to let drivers see me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm good with the idea so long at the green lines dynamically adust to keep the bike line next to the curb where bikers belong.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I second the comments above. this little puny green laser may be trendy but I would NOT trust to save me from a faceplant to car door.

      I think the creator had never ever ridden a bike in the city before. Hey here is a trendy idea, why dont we make a twitter status update with GPS interaction and who ever is the vicinity gets a twitter mobile update of our status in conjunction with local Wi-Fi.

      Is that trendy enough?

      give me a strong light and high visibility vest.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Unless its absolutely necessary, why would anyone be biking in the middle of the night?
        seriously....your just asking for it there.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Unless its absolutely necessary, why would anyone be biking in the middle of the night?"

        well then I guess its NECSSARY in those cases isnt it?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Light LAME.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah.. a neat idea, however, I agree with the posters above. Being as visible as possible is the key for night time cycling. I use Xenon strobes (like what's on an ambulance only smaller)
        • 5 Years Ago
        i was pulled over a few months back for allegedly "impersonating" and emergency vehicle with similar lights. These are the only lights that have ever really made a difference in safety so i am reluctant to give them up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh, well...at least that would divert some idiot driver's eyes from the bullseye on the bike rider's back while they're riding. I really can't see this working, especially in North Carolina, where sharing the road is the law, but seems to be optional to some people.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cool! That makes aiming a lot easier!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Our city has spent tens of millions of taxpayer dollars installing miles of trendy curb-protected bicycle lanes. Hardly anybody uses them preferring instead the sidewalk or roadway.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you're talking Toronto, I know what you mean. While it may seem like a trendy exercise now, it will just take time for people to get it. In the same way road networks required huge initial investment (and real estate) 100 yrs ago, it will be a while before alternative commuting networks takeoff. But once city congestion reaches a peak, and if cities follow suit with some in Europe and charge a congestion fee for in-town driving, people will begin to rethink their commute and if its worth taking the car. I think these bike/walking networks are a great idea, I hope Toronto and Canada lead the way.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Small change compared to the BILLIONS we have all spent on clogged roadways and expressways while supposedly trying to encourage people to take transit, bike and walk. I would really like to see more effort put into making our cities pedestrian and bike friendly. The problem right now is cities put in a stretch of bike path here and there when they redo a road but they don't link up or are designed as off road nature trails. Generally there is no way to get from point A to point B efficiently using a safe well made bike trail.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think most bikes riders would agree that there are plenty of jerky drivers out there that would completely ignore that little, thin green line.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not here in New York. And most other states.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yup, I'd probably be one of them. Sorry. On a cramped city street, a little green light isn't gonna do much but distract me from watching the road and make me pay even less attention to you on your bike (making it all the more likely that I hit you by accident).
        • 5 Years Ago
        @anmigo, thanks for refuting your own comment. makes my job a lot easier.

        Bicyclists are to ride "near the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway or upon a usable right-hand shoulder in such a manner as to prevent undue interference with the flow of traffic except when preparing for a left turn or when reasonably necessary to avoid conditions that would make it unsafe to continue along near the right-hand curb or edge."

        • 5 Years Ago
        Hard to ignore the bikers that don't follow the law and bike in the middle of the road though.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Section 1234. Riding on roadways, shoulders, bicycle or in-line skates lanes and bicycle or in-line skates paths.

        (a) Upon all roadways, any bicycle or in-line skates shall be driven either on a usable bicycle or in-line skates lane or, if a usable bicycle or in-line skates lane has not been provided, near the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway or upon a usable right-hand shoulder in such a manner as to prevent undue interference with the flow of traffic except when preparing for a left turn or when reasonably necessary to avoid conditions that would make it unsafe to continue along near the right-hand curb or edge. Conditions to be taken into consideration include, but are not limited to, fixed or moving objects, vehicles, bicycles, in-line skates, pedestrians, animals, surface hazards or traffic lanes too narrow for a bicycle or person on in-line skates and a vehicle to travel safely side-by-side within the lane.

      • 5 Years Ago
      How about bicyclists be required to wear those reflective safety jackets/vests and possibly helmets as well?

      I remember going home one time, very late at night, at one of darkest roads near my place, seeing a bunch of bicyclists wearing those green and white reflective vests, along with helmets with lights. Probably 20+ of them going on the road in a line, and they were all easily visible -- good, because that road has sections with speed limits ranging from 35 to 50mph
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