So, cycling at night can be dangerous, even when you have lights equipped on your bike. Mostly because they are somewhat ineffective in showing the actual position and dimensions of the bicycle.
Revolights consists of 2 thin LED rings (red on the back and white on the front to match road laws) mounted directly to each side of the wheel rim using specially designed clips.
Power is supplied via a thin wire to the hub where a lightweight and slim, USB rechargeable polymer lithium-ion battery is held in a special bracket. A small magnet is secured to the fork to provide speed and orientation information to the rings.
Whilst the product is still in the development stages, it shows great promise allowing for “lighting and sighting” of the road using cyclist. They currently have a Kickstarter page where they are crowd-sourcing funds to further development. To top it off they have also won numerous awards for the concept.
Taken from their own words the basis for the concept is quite clear in terms of wanting to create safer more bike friendly roads:
● The two most frequent causes for the 52,000 reported bicycle accidents are collisions with motor vehicles (58%) and individual falls (30%).
● Of the 716 reported fatalities, 69% occurred in urban areas and 39% were between the hours of 5 p.m. and midnight.
And finally our hypothesis… an increase in bicycle lighting and sighting has the potential to reduce rider injuries and fatalities. It’s time to provide riders with a single bike light solution that allows them to safely experience the joy of riding, regardless of the time of day. Let’s shift the bike light paradigm.”