josh zisson's 100% reflective bike is the safest on the road
josh zisson's 100% reflective bike is the safest on the road josh zisson's 100% reflective bike is the safest on the road
dec 13, 2012

josh zisson's 100% reflective bike is the safest on the road

the safest bike on the road is 100% reflective


about a year ago, boston-based lawyer josh zisson decided to create the safest bicycle on the road. the concept uses retro-reflective frame coatings, a dynamo hub in the front powering LED headlight with daytime running lights and a taillight that illuminates itself during braking. instead of a derailleur, it has an 8-speed internally geared rear hub for reducing maintenance, also allowing for shifting while stationary—a valuable feature when users always stop at red lights.


equipped with full fenders for rainy commutes, puncture resistant tires and tubes, a double kickstand, and a chainguard, the ‘safest bike’ gets even safer during night riding. developed by halo coatings, the reflective formula uses similar technology to that of industrial guardrails and signposts for highways, working only during darker conditions. during daylight, the frame retains its original color, disclosing the safety feature.



frame color during the day



rear view of the brake light



illumination context in the dark when exposed to light



detail of the reflection output

  • Just because its the most reflective and visible bike doesn’t mean it’s the safest.

    Cesar says:
  • i want a reflective pink one

    antoine says:
  • @Cesar — Being visible day or night is the safest way to improve a bike. Unfortunately, there is no such way to improve bikers or drivers.

    And, in addition to glow paint, let’s not forget the other safety features improving the overall safety and usability of this bike (puncture resistant tires, enclosed gears, splash guards, permanent front and tail lights, front basket, rear rack, double legs stand).

    All of these combined in one mundane looking bike makes it good design. Ingrained substance rather than fluffy appearance. Millions of commuters around the world would appreciate such a practical tool.

    Claude Filimenti says:

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