A cyclist who was once hit by a car has come up with a new bike light to help improve the safety of cyclists on the road.
Ed Ward has been showcasing his invention at the Gadget Show Live in Birmingham, where it has been short-listed in the top 20 for the British Inventors’ Project.
The Commuter X4, as it is known, has a standard bike light at the centre of four fluorescent, fibre-optic straps that can be worn over a backpack or clothes to make cyclists look more prominent in low light.
The straps, which reflect car lights, help give the rider a side profile at junctions and allow lorry drivers to see them more clearly from above. The device is also USB rechargeable and water resistant.
Hit from behind
“I got hit by a car from behind. It was a wake-up call and I just decided to try and make something a lot more prominent,” said Mr Ward.
“I’ve always wanted to do my own thing, and run my own business. I’ve always been quite creative and made products and finally I’ve got an idea which I thought I could take to market.”
There were more than 19,000 accidents involving cyclists in 2012, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. More than 100 people were killed, with accidents that occurred in the dark more likely to be fatal.
Cycle accident claim
Cycle accidents can be devastating. It is therefore important to seek the compensation that you deserve.
Injuries and damage to the bike are the obvious things to claim for. However, you can also claim for any lost wages through time spent off work during your recovery.
Accident Advice Helpline has vast experience when it comes to dealing with injuries and accidents, from road traffic accidents to medical negligence, helping people get the maximum personal injury compensation.
Source: Daily Star