New bike light to boost safety

New bike light to boost safety

An impressive new light for cyclists which makes them more visible has been shortlisted for an inventors' award.

Cyclist Ed Ward designed the Commuter X4 after having a "wake up call" when he was knocked down by a car while out riding. His invention has now been listed in the top 20 of the British Inventors' Project at the Gadget Show Live in Birmingham.

The light has a standard bike light in the middle of four fluorescent, fibre-option straps that can be worn over a backpack or clothes to make cyclists look more visible in low light.

Mr Ward said: "It gives you side profile at junctions and it allows lorry drivers to see you more clearly from above."

It is also USB rechargeable, water resistant and has straps which are reflective to car headlights.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents said that in 2012 alone, there were more than 19,000 road accidents involving cyclists, including 100 fatalities.

Research also found that accidents which happen in the dark are more likely to be fatal.

Mr Ward is hoping that his gadget will help reduce those statistics and said the response so far "has been fantastic".

The lights are expected to be of equal benefit to drivers. As Mr Ward himself says: "Drivers would rather they didn't squash cyclists..."

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