Laser Bike Lane Signals Bicyclist’s Imminent Death

04.23.09 Will Sherman

manavella-1_cqlej_69-thumbSimilar to Lightline, the Laser aims to increase a cyclist’s visibility to others on the road with visual and audio alerts. When the system senses a car is too close, not only does the elliptical laser beam surrounding the bike turn from green to red, but 11-horns-too-many go off also. While the Laser seems like a good idea on paper, as most design concepts do, it’s impractical and obnoxious. The streets of NYC are so congested with traffic that you couldn’t ride anywhere without setting it off. And false alarms aside, the alert would probably be too late for either drivers or bicyclists to avoid danger anyway. |Ecofriend via Prolly|