New Gadgets Help Safer Biking, Airbag?

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    Mar 11, 2014 4:14 PM GMT
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    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.

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/10/gadgets-to-boost-bike-safety/?ref=health
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    Mar 12, 2014 10:39 AM GMT
    only problem is. that stuff can be removed by theves since its not hidden like on cars.
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    Mar 12, 2014 11:33 AM GMT
    When are they going to bring out a bicycle with the seat replaced by a dildo?

    Extra points for people who ride on a cobble road and go weeeeeeeeeee as they furiously peddle!
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    Mar 12, 2014 3:35 PM GMT
    ^ I like how you like to live, constant pleasure; or is this how you would like to punish your soul mate?
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    Mar 12, 2014 5:24 PM GMT
    woodsmen said^ I like how you like to live, constant pleasure; or is this how you would like to punish your soul mate?


    You might catch me and my soul mate on a tandem bike!

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    Double the weeeeeeeeee!
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    Mar 13, 2014 12:33 AM GMT
    Teach bikers to obey the rules of the road

  • Mar 30, 2014 4:13 AM GMT
    I love the device that creates the vitual "lane". They have a double stripe on some bike lanes here to keep motorists from driving right on top of the white dividing lane and it helps.
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    Mar 30, 2014 4:30 AM GMT
    bodybuilder4beaumont saidI love the device that creates the vitual "lane". They have a double stripe on some bike lanes here to keep motorists from driving right on top of the white dividing lane and it helps.


    We can't even get our drivers to obey the normal striping on the roads which is why the city's determination to add bike lanes and "shared" lanes (bikes share the same travel lane as cars...) is so hysterical. My grandmother was t-boned by a woman in a cadillac escalade who went the wrong way up a two way divided street because she didn't wish to wait in the line at the stop sign, which she also ran and took out my 84-year-old gran. Until the country as a whole can step up its driving requirements, driver's ed, inspection and penalty systems we need to hold off on shared bike lanes.
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    Mar 30, 2014 4:31 AM GMT
    And then for maximum visibility there are these sidelights, integrated into the rims to foil bike light thieves (who'll now just steel the whole bike):

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    May 19, 2014 4:08 AM GMT
    WhoDey saidTeach bikers to obey the rules of the road
    Teach people to drive the speed limit in residential areas. I get tired of passing slow drivers when I'm on a bike. icon_lol.gif