Ride safe. Ride smart.
Anthony Barr, Mobile Cyclist, shares some tips and technology designed to enhance bicycle safety.
Regardless of technology and equipment, cyclists need to ride smart:
• be defensive,
• be seen
• obey rules of the road.
Resources to Help Cyclists Ride Smarter and Be Safer
#1 – GARMIN VARIA Radar: Detects Cars, Alerts Drivers and Warns Cyclists
Over 40% of Serious Cycling Injuries Involve Cyclist Getting Hit From Behind By Cars1
• Visual and audible alters to warn of vehicles approaching from behind
• Scans behind you – Up to 153 yards away
• Tail light offers daylight visibility up to a mile away
• Visible within a 220-degree range: drivers see you well before the radar sees the vehicle
#2 – LUMOS Bike Helmet:
World’s first “Smart Helmet” integrates Front & Rear Lights, and even turn signals
• Started as Kickstarter Campaign, now available in Apple Stores
• Lights Integrated into helmet – Lights Up High – Head level = easier to see and be seen!
• Can pair with Apple Watch – to activate turn signals – by hand motion
• Sold in Apple Stores – First Helmet
• Rechargeable Battery / Water Resistant
# 3– MIPS – Brain Protection System: 3rd party safety infrastructure for helmets
• Accidents and Falls are just part of any activity , cycling not different
• Thousands of tests: Most head impacts not Direct, but Angular or Rotational –serious injuries
• MIPS built into helmet – allows a minor “sliding” motion with inner framework
• Two Helmets – as example one with (MIPS) yellow sticker
• MIPS – is available as integration into Most Major helmet brands ( Kids & Adults)
# 4– Trek Bicycle / Bontrager “Wavecel” Helmet: Proprietary to Trek
• Continuous “Dome” liner in the helmet – not pressure points traditional helmets
• Conforms to different head shapes, but breathes as well
• Behaves differently depending on type of impact
• Can take twisting impact as well as straight-on impacts
• Numerous models of Trek/Bontrager helmets have this Technology
BOTTOM LINE: Innovative companies continue to work hard to offer cyclists better, safer products so they can enjoy riding.
NOTE: For more information, Always Consult with Your Local Bicycle Shop Experts!!
Rider Education is still Key..!!
• Take initiative to learn to bike safer..!
• Many local bike shops have rider safety education courses / meetups
• Bike Indianapolis has great resources, like “Riders In The Know”
o Ride defensively
o Be Seen
o Obey rules of the road.
To learn more, visit www.mobilecyclist.com.