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Trouble with free-range pedestrians? This new innovation could help...

Having trouble with free-roaming pedestrians cutting you up on your daily commute? Slightly gullible? Well, help is at hand. Maybe. One frustrated London commuter got so tired with SMIDSY peds that he came up with a novel approach to the problem: the Bike Butterfly.

Basically, it's a set of spring loaded butterfly wings made from what looks like kite fabric. Stomp on the brakes and the wings unfold in the blink of an eye; that makes you more visible, gives the pedestrian something to remember (so maybe they'll look out for cyclists in the future) and also helps to slow you down. Three wins for the price of one.

It looks like the wings are flying out of the door (stop it - ed) as they appear to be sold out on the Bike Butterfly website. However, we're reliably informed that they're expecting more stock on Sunday... which seems an odd day for a delivery.

www.bikebutterfly.com

Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.

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ragtag [217 posts] 4 years ago
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It's still March... I haven't woken up on April 1st?

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notfastenough [3674 posts] 4 years ago
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I'm sure this would go down well in close knit traffic on an A road...

Would also be fun on a club run!

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thehood [24 posts] 4 years ago
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sunday april 1... an odd day for deliveries indeed.

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seanieh66 [196 posts] 4 years ago
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 4 Nice Poisson d'avril

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WolfieSmith [1318 posts] 4 years ago
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Keep up Ragtag.....  3

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hirsthirst [25 posts] 4 years ago
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I'm holding on for the special edition carbon black pair with pink highlights.

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Pjrob [34 posts] 4 years ago
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Towards the same end I tried the Equisafety jacket the other day and it does get results as one looks a little like a police officer. The advantage is that pedestrians and drivers eyes are so tuned to look out for police.
http://www.equisafety.com/polite/polite-notice-think-bike-reflective-wai...