Monday, June 22, 2009
Cycling Towards Virtual Bike Lanes
Originally created for a design competition a virtual bicycle lane is one step closer to reality. Due to an overwhelming response by the media and the bike riding community the creators of the LightLane have built a working prototype.
The concept is still too early in the development process to assign a consumer price. What is known is that dedicated bike lanes - never a favorite line item during municipal budget talks - are between $5000 and $50 000 per mile and the LightLane may help bridge the financial gap in some locales until bike lines are created.
Using Diode-pumped solid-state lasers that mark the roadway around the cyclist in highly visible green lines the gizmo's rechargeable battery is compatible with most cell phone chargers.
Designed to make cyclists more visible at night, research has shown that the LightLane works best when lighting conditions are at their worst.