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Paint your own lines on the road with the Light Lane laser

Here's a cool idea from US designers Alex Tee and Evan Gant. it's a bit of out of the box thinking that seeks to make cyclists safer by putting them in a box . A box of light… your own laser generated bike lane.

The duo who work for US product design company Altitude call the idea, naturally enough, the Light Lane – it's just a concept at the moment but click through to their blog and you'll see that it's attracted a fair amount of attention from around the world… it could become a reality.

Here's how they explain the thinking behind the Light Lane on the Altitude blog, Dustbowl it's worth clicking through to read some of the comments the idea has generated.

“A close brush with a distracted driver is enough to intimidate the most avid bikers from riding at night. The problem isn’t just about visibility, as safety lights are effective at capturing the attention of a driver. However, these lights are typically constrained to the bike frame, which highlights only a fraction of the bike’s envelope. Bike lanes have proven to be an effective method of protecting cyclists on congested roads. One key is that the lane establishes a well defined boundary beyond the envelope of the bicycle, providing a greater margin of safety between the car and the cyclist. Yet, only a small fraction of streets have dedicated bike lanes, and with an installation cost of $5,000 to $50,000 per mile, we shouldn’t expect to find them everywhere anytime soon. Instead of adapting cycling to established bike lanes, the bike lane should adapt to the cyclists. This is the idea behind the LightLane. Our system projects a crisply defined virtual bike lane onto pavement, using a laser, providing the driver with a familiar boundary to avoid. With a wider margin of safety, bikers will regain their confidence to ride at night, making the bike a more viable commuting alternative.” 

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cmyk [28 posts] 8 years ago
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and, if a car strays into the beam, it could turn into a very high intensity laser and slice their wing mirror off!

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Peterh [10 posts] 8 years ago
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Hey,

Its not bad, but it's much better to have 'on person' reflectivity. Checkout the Claq here from Always Riding:

http://www.alwaysriding.co.uk/alwaysshop/index.php?main_page=index&manuf...

I use 2 of the yellow, and 2 of the red/white on my daily commute, and they really make sure i'm seen. The fact that you can put them anywhere, and that they give the tired old reflective straps and jacket a welcome heave-ho make them a winner in my book.

Road.cc, how about a review?

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Denzil Dexter [141 posts] 8 years ago
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I'd much rather have my own lazer operated bike lane  1 1

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Mr Sock [156 posts] 8 years ago
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Word is they are working on an upgrade that includes photon torpedos.
I'm going to wait for that…
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DaveP [412 posts] 8 years ago
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Peter,

Reflective stuff only works when lights shine on it.. for the rest of the time you need these:

//www.chainreactioncycles.com/Images/Models/Full/17328.jpg)http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=17328

Attach them to your helmet, arm, leg or bike with the myriad of secure mounts in the box.. fantastically bright, easily seen by pedestrians or drivers at junctions!

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wild man [297 posts] 8 years ago
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great idea in theory but I can't see it becoming legal- you're effectively creating your own road markings.

Plus drivers view cycle lanes as I do traffic lights- optional guidelines.

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purplecup [217 posts] 8 years ago
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about how much power it's going to take to make that laser throw out anything like the image that they've mocked up. will we need a massive power pack? maybe a battery trailer? or maybe a super powerful dynamo - i'm reminded of that simpsons episode where bart cycles up to the observatory  1 1

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DaveP [412 posts] 8 years ago
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Dinotte use a 3w LED in their tail light:

//www.dinottelighting.com/images/photographyl.jpg)

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dave atkinson [6329 posts] 8 years ago
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that's ridiculous. fantastic! how long does it last for? about half an hour?

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DaveP [412 posts] 8 years ago
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The blurb says it should last for 3hr 'high' or 12hr 'low' running 4 standard AAs..

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VERY very bright and equally expensive.

http://lyxus.net/mdf

I'm sure someone could DIY one for much less, given a 3w Luxeon is only around £6.

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monty dog [463 posts] 6 years ago
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That Dinotte taillight is an eyeball burner - had the misfortune to ride behind someone once with one.