London-based product designer Sean Whiffin has designed the L-Bow, a bendable taillight for bikes meant to increase their visibility to drivers:
I like the concept, but after seeing it in action in the video…
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…I don't feel that it does enough. I think it's a bit too slim, and worry the light emitted is too paltry for all drivers to spot.
A similar concept that looks more effective to me, is this pool noodle trick presented by graphic designer, cyclist and writer Annalisa van den Bergh on Quartz:
"The neon-colored $2 bike safety trick." --Annalisa van den Bergh
I still appreciate Whiffen's efforts, and he has had the $41 L-Bow successfully crowdfunded on Kickstarter. At press time there was 25 days left to pledge. But I think van den Bergh's idea has the potential for greater uptake.
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I feel this needs a bright round light in the middle at the base as a point of reference in very dark conditions. Or, why not just put very bright lights on thin rods sticking out both sides so autos can reference the entire width of the rider?