Blinkers is the next generation of turning indicators for bikes, designed by the Swiss design studio Sapettiand commercialized by Velohub.
Let's finally make our city-rides and commuting safer!
Blinkers consists of a front and rear light magnetically attached to the bike with a large sequential turning signal, as used by most leading car manufacturers. The turning LEDs are powerful so that you can be seen and respected in all kinds of weather, even in sunlight.
The turning indicator—as well as the light and the laser—are controlled with the ergonomically designed pad located right at your fingertips on the handlebar.
It also features a powerful 100-lumen headlight, a tail light, a circular laser projection to create your "safe area" on the road and a strong battery that lasts up to 20hs of continuous use.
Additionally, we have integrated a braking light which is activated when the bike decelerates using an integrated accelerometer and a gyroscope.
During the process, the design studio Sapetti had to overcome the challenge to work well on a large variety of bikes, saddles and handlebars on the market. The close collaboration between Sapetti, Zulhke Engineering and the Velohub team has been crucial to bring the product to market with the highest standards and reliability.
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With L/R so close together, I feel like a flat bar that had chasing lights going left or right would work out better, be a bit more svelte, and possibly even be more effective.
Any data to show this product actually makes cycling safer? What about it makes it safer than a light and my arms?
As a daily cyclist in London I have mixed feelings about indicators on bikes. I get the benefit, and am interested, but I think I might worry about whether road users behind me saw it, and whether they were looking out for an arm indication - I would probably use my arm anyway. Did this come out in your research or is it just me?
I think the L/R indicators are too close to each other. While LEDs do flash in an "in-to-out" sequence, it would make split-second recognition of the intended direction difficult. Could be fatal for the cyclist in such situations.