Mar 11, 2014 4:14 PM GMT
Who needs bike lanes at all? The Xfire Bike Lane light is equipped with two high-visibility red lasers that project two three-foot lines onto the road, creating an ad hoc bike lane. The lighted lane is visible to motorists up to a mile away, according to the manufacturer.
But perhaps the most surprising leap in high-tech safety is an inflatable bike helmet called the Hovding, which works much like an automobile air bag. The device, worn around the neck like a quite fashionable scarf, detects the impact of a crash and inflates a sort of instant helmet around the cyclist’s head and neck.
In addition to their personal safety, cyclists worry about safeguarding their bikes. A device called BikeSpike, affixed to the frame, allows you to track its location on a smartphone, so you can find a stolen bike or just keep track of family and friends on the road. For a monthly fee, the app also alerts your smartphone when a bike has been in a crash or deviates from its expected course (such as a child riding too far from home) or is tampered with. BikeSpike goes on sale this spring.