New crowdsourced bike light could save your life

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The new Blaze Laserlight tackles the most common cause of all cycling accidents - vehicles cutting across an undetected bike.

Cycling has surged in popularity over the past decade, with London seeing a 110% increase in the number of cyclists on the road since the year 2000. It’s no big surprise considering the increased costs for motorists and rising public transport fares, plus it’s an excellent way to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. But cyclists are quite vulnerable on the road and very often drivers and pedestrians fail to spot them, even when covered in lights.

The new Blaze Laserlight seeks to address that. The waterproof light attaches to the front of your bike and projects a clear image of a cyclist 4-6 meters ahead of you, providing a valuable early warning sign to other road users and pedestrians and giving them time to react. The bright green laser means that it can be seen both in the dark and in broad daylight, and in all kinds of weather.

The light attaches to a permanent bracket on your handlebars for security, whilst its magnetic switch means that the light is only activated when connected to your bike, preventing it from accidentally being turned on and wasting the battery. It charges via a standard USB port and when fully charged, the Blaze will last for up to 13 hours at its most efficient setting.

The Blaze laserlight was originally designed as a final year project by Emily Brooke whilst studying at the University of Brighton. It then became a Kickstarter project and after a successful crowdfunding campaign, it is expected to appear on the shelves of retailers very soon. In the meantime, if you can't wait then you can pre-order one here via Blaze's own website. Retailing at £125, a Blaze will set you back a fair bit more than your average bog-standard flashing LEDs, but it’s a small price to pay when you consider that one day it might just save your life.

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