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Could this be the answer to safe passing distances at night?

The tyre company Michelin has developed a bike light that creates a halo of light on the ground around a cyclist, in order to make them more visible to drivers.

The company says the light is a visual reminder of how much space to give when passing, although to our eyes, the light falls rather close to the rider.

It’s also debateable how well these sorts of projection lights work - although Transport for London has invested heavily in installing a forward-projected green bike sign on all its ‘Boris’ hire bikes.

The light, an open source project where common components can be purchased, will soon be available to be downloaded and printed using standard 3D printers.

BikeSphere uses two laser units on the front and back of the bike to project moving rings around the cyclist. If a driver comes too close, the projection intensifies to three times the amount of light, alerting both rider and motorist.

Michelin bike safety light.png

Michelin bike safety light.png

 

For the DIY enthusiast, the components used are:

  • 3 Arduino Pro Mini
  • 2 L928B motor controlers
  • 2 Laser controlers
  • 2 Maxboti proximity sensors
  • 16 Miniature Laser Diode Modules - PL-Series
  • 1 Xiaomi power bank 10000mah

According to Michelin, “BikeSphere is the first idea of ​​the #TrendyDrivers movement, a Michelin initiative to promote road safety among Millenial audiences.”

 

 

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.

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ktache [627 posts] 4 months ago
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Do drivers really spend a lot of time looking at the road?

Or are they just ignoring those huge "SLOW" messages or those lines that offer us so much protection on our cycle routes?

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HarrogateSpa [493 posts] 4 months ago
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It's a crap video. It reminds me of the Great Interior Design Challenge, where the lighting  and music are completely different for the 'before' and 'after shots'.

It might be a worthwhile product, but there's no way you can tell from this murky video.

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P3t3 [413 posts] 4 months ago
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Dreadful, more shifting blame into the vulnerable.

If a driver can't see and stop for an unlit object (like a pedestrian for example) then the driving is dangerous. The whole video is under Street lights...

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don simon [1309 posts] 4 months ago
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What a load of crap!

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check12 [134 posts] 4 months ago
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 Nice idea, similar to the ding bike light.

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Altimis [55 posts] 4 months ago
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Stop begin dumb by wearing black shirt . . . srsly!

If you really must ride in dark time, use brighter shirt OR some reflective thing on body which the largest area to spots on the road

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Reedo [16 posts] 4 months ago
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DrG82 [161 posts] 4 months ago
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Altimis wrote:

Stop begin dumb by wearing black shirt . . . srsly!

If you really must ride in dark time, use brighter shirt OR some reflective thing on body which the largest area to spots on the road

I think you're missing the point of a promotional video from a manufacturer of a lighting product.

Their product wouldn't look very impressive if the cyclist was clearly visible without using their new product.

Aside from this, reflective strips and brightly coloured clothes only work if drivers are looking for you and you happen to be illuminated by their lights. I wouldn't rely on this and would always use lights although, I wouldn't rush to buy this product as it looks crap.

And I don't see what's wrong with riding in the dark, people should be free to ride whenever they like.

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muffies [76 posts] 4 months ago
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so ppl riding in the dark without lights now will because michelin makes a light?
do these people even think at all?

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MikeOnABike [105 posts] 4 months ago
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Michelin haven't made a light. They have designed one and are giving it away free (if I've understood the article)

Approxamitly £125 for the components. Plus the cost of a 3D printer.