I’m sure everybody has had experience driving at night. This very dangerous, especially in the fall and winter season when the sun sets much earlier. Cyclists are always the most susceptible to accidents as they share the road with motor vehicles. Cyclists gear up on technology to help drivers see them, using LED lights, reflective patches, but is that really enough?
Introducing Pure Fix Cycles. They have created a bike with a glow-in-the dark frame. Cyclists will now be able to seen from every direction, and not just from the right or the back, which is usually where drivers see the flashing lights on a cyclist’s helmet. The neon frame produces a 360-degree view of the bike, thus allowing any driver to avoid bikers if necessary.
The company, based in the US, uses a neon, glow-in-the-dark paint which is highly reflective. Much like the glow-in-the-dark stars on kids’ bedroom ceiling, the paint layer bathes in the sun for an hour and produces more than one hour of night-time usage, which hopefully is enough time to get you safe and sound back home.
For the more style-conscious cyclists, customers can choose to have only a glow-in-the-dark frame, wheels, or both. If you’d like to go all out, I’d opt for the fluorescent handlebars too. Perhaps the bikes can come in various other neon colors such as hot pink and bright orange?
However fun it is to style your bike, cyclists must beware: there are a few tips to avoid getting into accidents, especially after dark. Reflective patches are always a good idea, and not only wearing a safety vest with reflective stripes. Have reflective patches on your helmet and the back of your bike helps drivers see where you are, or patches that can are adhesive that can be stuck onto the wheels of your bike. Remember to never wear black. Always look be alert to your surroundings, and just because you think they can see you, doesn’t always mean that the driver is actually aware of your presence. I find that making eye contact is always a good way of making drivers notice. Keep safe!