DIY device emits a distinctive sound to keep cyclists safe

July 25, 2017 by  
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Mexico City-based design agency Studio Jose de la O is on a mission to make urban cyclists safer by increasing their visibility – through sound. The Ecobici is a DIY device that uses a variety of upcycled parts to create a sound machine that produces a friendly, but noticeable sound while cycling, politely alerting drivers and pedestrians that cyclists are also allowed to share public space . Created by Dutch intern Thomas Hoogewerf under the agency’s Project Friday Initiative, the Ecobici design stems from wanting to help the general population, especially drivers and non-cyclists, adapt to Mexico City’s growing bike population. According to the agency, local infrastructure is becoming more and more bike-friendly, however, the dangers of heavy traffic and unfamiliarity with biking laws continue to make the city a danger zone for cyclists . Related:Life-saving Classon bike helmet has built-in cameras and turn signals The Ecobici sound boxes vary in shape and color, and can be made out of a variety of repurposed materials. Most importantly, they can be easily attached to any public bike in the city. Not only does the device’s click-clack sound create a pleasant soundscape to urban biking , but the noise is distinctive enough to alert car drivers and pedestrians that cyclists are in their immediate area. + Studio Jose de la O

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3D-printed Playmobil hair helmet makes bike safety more fun for kids

October 10, 2016 by  
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Someone has come up with a brilliant idea to turn a Playmobil hairpiece into a helmet so kids will start wearing them. A duo of Swedish and Danish designers created a compelling prototype through 3D printing and color-matching the hair. With the right amount of consumer demand, you could find one in stores soon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=91&v=QapmUU2d44U An estimated 75 percent of bicycle-related fatalities in child populations can be avoided with the use of a helmet , but statistics won’t get kids to wear them. Enter Simon Higby and Clara Prior from the Stockholm and Copenhagen offices of DDB , respectively. To increase the odds of children protecting their noggins while riding bikes , they figured the helmets would have be more attractive to them. Cue the Playmobil hair replica designed to help keep kids safe. Related: Lumos helmet keeps bikers safe with turn signals and brake lights With the help of Danish design company MOEF , the team created the helmet by 3D scanning the tiny plastic piece and 3D printing a sturdy helmet. The final product looks just like the Playmobil piece, perfectly fitted for a tiny human’s head. Sadly, only the prototype exists, but the team told Metro.co.uk they “would love to” produce them for the masses with the right know-how. +MOEF , Simon Higby Via  Metro.co.uk Images via YouTube (screenshot)

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Lumos helmet keeps bikers safe with turn signals and brake lights

September 10, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Ever felt invisible on the road at night on your bike? You’re not alone. Cyclists often complain that motorists act carelessly around bikes and drive as if they don’t exist; drivers on the other hand say that bike riders are unpredictable and don’t do enough to make themselves visible, particularly at night. This helmet addresses both sides of the divide.  The Lumos helmet has flashing turn signals and automatic brake lights built-in to help riders communicate with other road users and allow drivers to see and anticipate cyclists’ movements. Technology once confined to cars can now become commonplace for bike riders. Read the rest of Lumos helmet keeps bikers safe with turn signals and brake lights

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HueRay! helps protect bikers from the side with rechargeable grip lights

May 29, 2015 by  
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Today, HueRay! is launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund the pilot run of its flagship product, revolutionary light emitting bicycle grips. HueRay! aims to deliver safety, comfort and style to the growing number of urban cyclists. Conventional bike lights illuminate the road ahead or make cyclist noticeable from the rear, but ignore making riders noticeable from the sides. HueRay! grips make cyclists more noticeable in traffic by emitting bright lateral lights, for added rider noticeability. HueRay! sets a benchmark with its ability to provide both safety and comfort benefits, while echoing the fun of cycling with customizable, rechargeable, colorful light hues. + HueRay! The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle commute , bicycle safety , bike commute , bike lighting , bike lights , bike safety , HueRay , kickstarter , reader submission , rechargeable bike lights , rechargeable lights

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Put This on Your Bike Helmet and You’ll Never Ride Alone Again

April 19, 2014 by  
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In cities all over the world , a growing number of people are leaving their cars in the garage and commuting by bike instead. The only problem is, neither infrastructure nor driver education has kept up with the influx of bikes on the street. That means crashes happen, and the last thing you want is to be lying in the street with a mangled bike, trying to figure out how to call for help. That’s where ICEdot comes in. This small yellow sensor attaches to your helmet (or body) and in the event of a crash, will alert your loved ones and emergency responders of your exact location if you are unresponsive. Keep reading to find out how it works. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bike accessories , bike alert system , bike commuting , bike safety , biking accessories , ecouterre , ICEdot crash sensor , sensor calls for help in a crash

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More than 1,000 London Cyclists Stage Die-In to Call for Greater Road Safety

December 2, 2013 by  
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A crowd of over 1,000 cyclists gathered outside Transport for London headquarters on Friday to protest what they say is dangerous transport infrastructure in the city. The protest comes after a rough month for London bike riders: in the course of just two weeks, six cyclists were killed in collisions with motor vehicles, prompting outrage and calls for change from the city’s cycling community. Still, no one stepped in to to organize a mass protest until Mayor Boris Johnson responded to the crisis by placing the blame for fatal accidents on cyclists, implying that deaths could be avoided if cyclists simply obeyed the rules of the road. Read the rest of More than 1,000 London Cyclists Stage Die-In to Call for Greater Road Safety Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle safety , bike lanes , bike safety , cyclist deaths , die-in , London , london bike safety , london street protests , protests , transport infrastructure , uk transportation        

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Carrera Foldable Bike Helmets Conform to Your Noggin and Can be Stashed in Your Bag

April 22, 2013 by  
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With both safety and style in mind, Carrera’s foldable bicycle helmet is anything but bulky. Since we all have noggins of different sizes, their innovative helmets custom fit to your head. Made up of adjustable strips, the components of the helmet conform to your head , giving a comfortable fit that is more likely to stay on should an accident occur. And when you’re not on the bike, they neatly fold up and can be stashed away in a bag. Read the rest of Carrera Foldable Bike Helmets Conform to Your Noggin and Can be Stashed in Your Bag Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bike helmets , bike safety , Carrera foldable bicycle helmet , eco design , green design , green transportation , sustainable design        

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Quarter Circle Light Wells Brighten up the Tiny Pedervegen 8 House in Norway

April 22, 2013 by  
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Giant Rat-Sized Snails Invade Florida

April 22, 2013 by  
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Florida’s not having the best of luck when it comes to invasive—and in cases, unnerving—creatures. After giant Burmese pythons appeared in the state, there came warnings of super-sized mosquitoes set to descend this summer, and now officials are battling rat-sized snails. The African Land Snail has made a home in Miami-Dade County, where up to 1,000 are being captured each week. Aside from looking like something from a b-movie, the slimy creatures pose a threat to human health, property and farming. Read the rest of Giant Rat-Sized Snails Invade Florida Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: african land snail , dangerous animals , florida , giant snail , invasive species , miami dade county , mollusks , rat sized snail , snails        

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