Bike is Obnoxiously Bright at Night

bike with lights off photo

Commenter Rayn responded to our post on bike lights, noting his aggravation toward black-clad cyclists who blow through intersections: " Reflectors and lights
didn't' do crap because I wasn't facing the front or back of him and he was
wearing all black. "

It is a good point; lights usually aim front and back, but a lot of drivers don't see cyclists going through intersections legally while they blow through stop signs either. That's why the Bright Bike is such a good idea. Above, the bike is pictured in the day time; but look what happens at night when hit by the headlights:bike taped photo

Wow, nobody is going to miss that, and probably nobody is likely to steal it either. Mandiberg writes on his flickr page:

The Bright Bike is a retroreflective vinyl wrapped bicycle. We used Scotchlight 680 vinyl. When the bicycle is in the beam of a light (like a car's headlight, or a camera's flash,) it reflects back super bright. When it is not in the light, it is just jet black. Ideally, it will aid in nighttime bicycle safety.

mandiberg-bike.jpg

Really, is there any reason they don't mix a little reflectivity into the paint on every bike? Rayn had a point- side visibility is important too.

via MAKE

More on Biking at night in TreeHugger:

Reelight: Electrodynamic Bike Lights
Goodbye Batteries Bike Lights
How To Be Seen On Your Bike at Night
Bike Safety Tips From MP Olivia Chow

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