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Light Lane Makes Every Lane A Bike Lane, May Get You Run Over

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By Evan Ackerman

Bicyclists and cars don’t have the greatest relationship when it comes to roads. While bicyclists often ignore traffic laws, cars often ignore bicyclists, and everybody gets pissed at everyone else for being selfish jerks. Unfortunately, Light Lane could very well make all that worse… On principle it seems like an okay idea, projecting a virtual bike lane around you to help keep motorists off your ass. But, if you’re trying to make a bike lane where there isn’t a bike lane, I bet the cars trying to get around you aren’t going to be amused, to say the least.

Lane Light is currently just a concept.

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  • http://www.chickenhammer.com Abba Thiebaud

    Dunno where you ride, but every public street in the state of Texas has a bike lane. It's the far right lane. Not the gutter. Not the sidewalk. But the far right lane. If it's one lane each way, the righthand lane is the bike lane. Pass, when safe and with safety, pass, just like cars.

  • http://www.chickenhammer.com Abba Thiebaud

    Dunno where you ride, but every public street in the state of Texas has a bike lane. It's the far right lane. Not the gutter. Not the sidewalk. But the far right lane. If it's one lane each way, the righthand lane is the bike lane. Pass, when safe and with safety, pass, just like cars.

  • http://www.tophotdeal.com/amazon-discount-finder/ Grissom

    It is a very cool part for bike! Especially at night!
    Where can I find it?

  • Yves

    Well, many cyclists have the nasty habits of going in 'stealth mode' at night (dark clothes, no lights, no reflectors…). I understand motorist frustration very well about that. This gadget gives a visual cue of road space allowed to cyclists: a good idea, but a lateral flag does that too!

    If that thing would be programmable, then it would be fun to have one at bike fests :)

    On the other hand, cars can be fitted with underside lighting gadget as well, so why not on bikes?

  • Yves

    Well, many cyclists have the nasty habits of going in 'stealth mode' at night (dark clothes, no lights, no reflectors…). I understand motorist frustration very well about that. This gadget gives a visual cue of road space allowed to cyclists: a good idea, but a lateral flag does that too!

    If that thing would be programmable, then it would be fun to have one at bike fests :)

    On the other hand, cars can be fitted with underside lighting gadget as well, so why not on bikes?

  • pedlar

    very interesting idea for most cyclists who live in most of the world where municipalities are doing nothing for cyclists and it gives a great idea for all those car drivers as to their space on the roads.
    Congrats to those who thought of this simple friendly light system.
    I hope its not too expensive so we can all get one.I want one for sure

  • http://amyh.tumblr.com amyach

    I ride in Sacramento & San Jose (California) and only about 1/3 -1/2 of the streets have bike lanes. Usually as a biker you have to ride in the middle of the lane with pissed off cars behind you or on the sidewalk with pissed off pedestrians. It's a lose-lose for bikers.

  • http://amyh.tumblr.com amyach

    I ride in Sacramento & San Jose (California) and only about 1/3 -1/2 of the streets have bike lanes. Usually as a biker you have to ride in the middle of the lane with pissed off cars behind you or on the sidewalk with pissed off pedestrians. It's a lose-lose for bikers.

  • SauronHimself

    If only those mobile bike lanes were actually as bright as that [modified] photo suggests. In real life they’re very dull. If you want to have this device be more visible, it’s more practical to use blue or green lasers since they’re naturally brighter for the same power output. Blue would be the most practical of all since blue lasers can be produced for the same cost as red ones, whereas green, although the brightest, is exponentially more expensive.