As mentioned previously cycling in Sydney is like being on an obstacle course, and that is in the daytime, at nighttimes it could be considered a suicidal act. So that’s why I think this gadget is a bloody marvellous idea. Bike lanes have proven to be an effective method of protecting cyclists on congested roads. One key is that the lane establishes a well defined boundary beyond the envelope of the bicycle, providing a greater margin of safety between the car and the cyclist. Yet, only a small fraction of streets have dedicated bike lanes.
The Light Lane system projects a crisply defined virtual bike lane onto pavement, using a laser, providing the driver with a familiar boundary to avoid. With a wider margin of safety, bikers will regain their confidence to ride at night, making the bike a more viable commuting alternative. Alas, at this stage it is just an idea, dreamed up by Alex Tee and Evan Gant of Altitude, and I don’t think there is even a prototype yet, so lets hope they get the funding they need to make this a reality