when it comes to the safety of cyclists, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that high-visibility clothing just doesn’t meet the mark anymore. the latest innovation to ensure safe riding on two wheels at night comes from the french tire manufacturer, michelin. the device, dubbed bikesphere, is a promising-looking orb that sits neatly between your handlebars, using lasers to project an unmissable ring of light around the rider that highlights the safety distance that cars must bear in mind when overtaking a bicycle. according to michelin’s statistics, 1 in 5 drivers doesn’t respect this distance, causing more that 5000 avoidable accidents every year. 


the ‘bikesphere’ uses lasers to highlight the safety distance cars must leave when overtaking
images courtest of michelin

 

 

created to save lives, michelin’s bikesphere uses a light sensor and proximity detector to analyze the cyclist’s environment and change its intensity dependent on their situation. should a car be approaching, bikesphere will intensify its laser projection to alert both the rider and the driver of the risk. by projecting a double laser red spotlight to outline the safely area around the rider, bikesphere enables drivers to react properly in plenty of time. 


the spherical device sits neatly below the handlebars, working as a simple headlight during the day

 

 

in daylight or moments of good visibility, bikesphere only activates the regular headlights that are integrated within the device, in order to save its battery for night time. yet as soon as dark starts to fall, the sphere wakes up and starts protecting a shield of light around the cyclist, drawing out a safety area that’s easy for any driver to see. 


the device uses lasors to project a red ring of safety onto the ground

 

 

the bikesphere is the first product to come out of michelin’s ‘trendy drivers’ movement, which seeks to change the habits of drivers and reduce accidents on the road. the movement crowdsources ideas, giving them the money needed to get off the ground in order to start reducing road traffic incidents. 


during the day, the bikesphere works as a traditional headlamp


one red ring is used at night when there is no vehicle in proximity


the device intensifies its light, using two moving red rings, when a car approaches

  • It’s a good idea. Mixing cars and bikes in urban areas is oil and water.

    Jim

    JimCan says:
  • I rode a bike in NYC for 20 years … the dangers of biking isn’t going to be overcome by TECH.

    Leonardo Sideri says:
  • great idea to supplement regular bike lights!

    roz says:
  • They’re not as selfish, idiotic and retrogressive as appears. No. They are just in a world beyond us, now outlined in red rings on the ground. Put these bikes where they belong, off the road. Till then they remain just as invasive and repugnant as other detritus.

    Happy to watch bikers further confuse themselves says:
  • If a car driver wishes to pass a cyclist and not leave a “big enough” space, them some silly and distracting lights on the floor will make no difference at all.

    Mat says:
  • Painted lines don’t work, why would this? Drivers are going to continue to pass too closely and continue to blow off “accidents” by saying they couldn’t see them (because they weren’t paying attention). Besides, many of those drivers are passing too closely on purpose because they get butthurt the second they see a biker. This will only aggrivate those people even more.

    SuchAPoof says:
  • a GREAT idea. I,too,cycle in nyc. it is true that Tech won’t solve the problem,but it can substantially LESSEN it. BUT, most cycling is done during daylight when this is just a headlight.

    Alan Felsen says:
  • It’s a good idea but how many drivers are staring at the ground while they’re driving? Observant drivers might notice it but they wouldn’t need it anyway.

    Aaron Stoner says:
  • The safe zone to pass a cyclist is a couple of metres, not a couple of feet! Especially at night when distance perception is reduced.
    Interesting idea, but either make zone much bigger or stop calling it a safety area.

    Octoplayer says:
  • Lights won’t protect a cyclist from a vehicle. Only separated bike lanes can do that.

    Jas says:
  • I would be pretty upset if a car came as close to me as that outer red ring. Its not even a metre. Michelin need to be sure this doesn’t actually invite more cars to get closer before they sell it as a safety device.

    The Drunk Monk says:
  • Nothing will stop a bike being in an accident if the other vehicle isn’t looking for the possibility of one being there. A returning biker but what the hell, either way it could be fun.

    mark woodward says:
  • Let’s get one for a motorbike. That would save even more lives?.

    Brian Reeves says:
  • I think it’s a great idea and looks cool too.

    David says:
  • Years ago cyclists were safe as car drivers rode bikesbefore driving cars or motorcycles, these days they due not so they not road wise like lights any help is good but no one cares or read Highway Code and we will still die on the roads till drivers lock up for 20 to life for killing someone on a cycling trip to work or kid going to school and councils make cycling roads from main highways etc

    Les says:
  • This in theory is a good idea…but the majority of cyclists…regular folks of all ages( not in racing clothes, or on fancy bikes) …just biking the urban streets at night usually wear dark clothes, and don’t even have reflectors, let alone lights on their bikes. I work in Chicago…and live in the burbs. Many a time I am almost on top of a cyclist, wearing all black, pedaling along a road that has few to no street lights.

    Mary Anne says:
  • Doesn’t look like anywhere near the required 1.5m that passing vehicles are supposed to leave cyclist when overtaking. Only looks like it’s giving about 9 inch of clearance if that.

    Juke20 says:

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