On the road, nobody likes being surprised by the occasional cyclist that pops up on your right or left or wherever. While there are biking lanes in the major cities like New York, there are still more than 700 bike accidents in the U.S. alone.
So, it certainly doesn't hurt that Citi Bike is planning to install powerful safety lights on a couple hundred of its bikes. Citi Bike is planning to install Blaze's bike-shaped safety lights on 250 of its bikes by mid-March this year, according to officials. The company is also looking for funding to install these safety lights on all of its bikes before the year's end.
“By incorporating Blaze’s lights into the bike, we aim to keep New Yorkers on foot, behind the wheel and riding a Citi Bike safer and to improve the rider experience overall so that people of all backgrounds are inspired to try New York City’s popular bike share program,” said Jay Walder, president and CEO of Motivate, the company that operates Citi Bike.
Blaze's safety lights shine the blue laser light onto the road ahead of the bike. According to Citi Bike, cyclists would feel safer with these protection lights. Studies have also shown, the company explained, that the lights help bus or car drivers to see the bikes 30 percent better.
Of course, when it comes to pedestrians, cyclists still can't always count on their vigilance.