Several months ago we reported that the city London in the UK would be trialing out a laser light program for some of its Boris bikes. Basically the idea is that the bikes, instead of projecting light from a regular headlamp, will instead project a laser image of a bike in front of it. This is inform drivers and pedestrians that there is a bike on the road, in case it is too dark to see.
The program was on trial but it seems that the idea was very well-received, so much so that they have decided to roll it out to their entire fleet of Boris bikes. This means that instead of the 250 or so bikes that were on trial, all 11,500 bikes will be getting the laser light setup on them come early 2016.
They will be programmed to come on during the night so as not to waste energy during the day. According to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, “It’s fantastic that our Santander Cycles will be able to bring light to the dark side of the street with these nifty Laserlights. We’re always looking to develop new and innovative ways to help people cycle around the Capital more safely and these green lights will help all our cycle hire users to stay seen at night.”
Emily Brooke, Blaze CEO & Founder adds, “We are truly thrilled our Laserlight technology is being integrated into the entire fleet of Santander Cycles. Although we have been shipping the consumer version for nearly two years, and now to 52 countries, this incredible partnership immediately takes things to the next level and will make thousands of cyclists more visible and safer on our roads.” In the meantime you can check out the ad for the bike and its laser lights in the video above.
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