Blaze down a bike lane

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by Peter, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. Peter

    Peter Guest

    A simple idea...

    A safety device that projects a bright green laser image of a bike on to
    the road ahead alerting motorists to its presence could be a life saver.

    Developed by Emily Brooke, a student at the University of Brighton in
    England, the invention has won her a place at Babson College in
    Massachusetts in the US, on an entrepreneurship programme, the
    university said.

    Her innovation, BLAZE, is a small, battery-powered device that is
    attached to the handlebars of bicycles, motorcycles or scooters, and
    projects a laser image on to the road ahead.

    The bright green bicycle symbol travels ahead of the cyclist, alerting
    others to its presence. The image can be flashing to make it more
    visible and can be seen "even in daylight", the university said.

    Emily plans to work on developing the product in Massachusetts, it

    "I wanted to tackle the issue of safety of cyclists on city streets by
    increasing the visibility, footprint, and ultimately the awareness of
    the bicycle," said Brooke, a final-year product design student.

    "Eighty per cent of cycle accidents occur when bicycles travel straight
    ahead and a vehicle manoeuvres into them. The most common contributory
    factor is 'failed to look properly' on the part of a vehicle driver. The
    evidence shows the bike simply is not seen on city streets," she said.

    "Even when lit up like a Christmas tree a bicycle in a bus's blind-spot
    is still invisible. With BLAZE, you see the bike before the cyclist and
    I believe this could really make a difference in the key scenarios
    threatening cyclists' lives on the roads."

    Emily worked with road safety experts, Brighton & Hove City Council, the
    Brighton & Hove Bus Company and driving psychologists in developing
    BLAZE, the university said

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    Peter, Jun 15, 2011
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  2. Peter

    Moike Guest

    You wouldn't want to ride it down King St at 7am. You'd fry the retinas
    of the drunks in the gutter.

    .... hang on...

    on second thoughts....

    Moike, Jun 15, 2011
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  3. Straight through exhausts do the same job. : )

    Fraser Johnston, Jun 16, 2011
  4. Certainly an interesting thought. However, motorcycle roadcraft as
    expressed the principles in the NSW and ACT courses (Observation, Slow Down
    and Buffer) put your safety more under your control.
    Lone Haranguer, Jun 16, 2011
  5. You just remembered you might be the one laying in the gutter ??
    George W Frost, Jun 16, 2011
  6. Peter

    Diogenes Guest


    What about when the bike moves up and down on uneven road, and the
    laser beam suddenly shines into th eyes of oncoming traffic?


    Onya bike

    Diogenes, Jun 16, 2011
  7. Peter

    Diogenes Guest

    Yes, but that's heresy to your average hoon who always blames the
    other traffic after getting creamed.


    Onya bike

    Diogenes, Jun 16, 2011
  8. Peter

    Deevo Guest

    An interesting thought allthough the same effect could be achieved if the
    average motorist learned to drive with their eyes open.

    I drive cars pretty much exclusively these days though I'm still hoping that
    might change. If I can see and not run into motorcycles or pushbikes then
    why can't other motorists?
    Deevo, Jun 16, 2011
  9. That's one notch higher on the dorkiness scale than a flag on my recumbent.

    Thanks, I'll keep the air horns instead.
    John Tserkezis, Jun 17, 2011
  10. A copper warned me years ago of having air horns, told me to take them off
    as they were not legal.
    I never took them off as I tried to explain to him, that they were a warning
    device which were far superior to the standard piddly little squeaky thing
    that was on it from the factory and registered at VicRoads
    Never heard anything more about it, so leaves me to wonder if they have been
    made legal yet in Victoria.

    Nev ??
    George W Frost, Jun 17, 2011
  11. Peter

    atec77 Guest

    Musical horns are not
    atec77, Jun 17, 2011

  12. Yes, I knew that as it is annoying to hear Colonel Bogey coming down the
    But, the ones I had were two single tone
    George W Frost, Jun 18, 2011
  13. Peter

    Nev.. Guest

    Police aren't the first and last word on any matter. They are not the
    legal experts on every law. Just because a cop tells you something does
    not make it true.

    Nev.., Jun 18, 2011
  14. Peter

    atec77 Guest

    cycled not legal but together ferpectly fine
    atec77, Jun 18, 2011
  15. First and foremost, as Nev said, the Coppers not keepers of the laws,
    they're just the upholders. They don't carry a set of up to date law
    books, so what they say doesn't MAKE it law. It can (and does) get
    overturned in court if the smartarses want to take it that far.

    Specifically as far as the law goes (in NSW at least):
    Bicycles MUST have some form of warning device, but since there are no
    ADR equivalents for bikes (just a vague collection of minimum
    requirements) you can carry an air horn on a bicycle quite legally.
    That's classed as a legal warning device.

    On road-registrable vehicles (motorcycles, cars etc) steady-tone air
    horns are allowed, as long as they SUPPLEMENT the ORIGINAL horn, not
    replace it. As I understand it, since the original horn is classed as a
    mandatory warning device, it is covered under the relevant ADRs. Your
    KMart air horn is not.
    If you do not have a functioning ADR approved warning device, you don't
    have a horn.
    They'll book you for that. The fact you're allowed some grace on
    ADDITIONAL warning devices is another matter entirely.

    Kinda like the seatbelt issue with vehicles modified for race use. You
    could have a three-inch wide five point safety harness, but on the road,
    if you're not wearing your ADR approved belt, you're not wearing a belt
    in the eyes of the law.
    John Tserkezis, Jun 18, 2011
  16. Peter

    Theo Bekkers Guest

    "John Tserkezis" wrote
    I was told that the primary argument against air horns as a warning
    device is that they are not instantaneous. There is an appreciable
    delay from the time you press the horn button to when the noise
    emanates from the device, due to pump getting up to speed and
    pressurising the air line/s.

    I have a pair of close coupled horns on my ute (I got them for the
    bike but couldn't make them fit anywhere), and if I give a short tap
    on the button, the original equipment horn sounds and the air horn
    doesn't get up to speed to make any sound at all. OTOH, if I lean on
    the button........

    Theo Bekkers, Jun 18, 2011
  17. Hear, hear!

    I've seen cars lane-change onto 4WDs and even buses. If the drivers can't
    see obstacles that big next to them, no amount of fancy light shows is going
    to get their attention. Even a straight-through exhaust (that Fraser
    mentioned) won't help if the driver's listening to their requisite
    cat-being-dragged-through-a-mangler music at 100dB.

    A handlebar-mounted shotgun filled with rock salt though... ;-)
    Bob Milutinovic, Jun 21, 2011

  18. I recall in the late 1960's early 70's, getting pulled over by the coppers
    in Melbourne and they checked everyone's handlebars for a shotgun cartridge
    firing device mounted inside the handlebars,
    Apparently, the top brass in Russell Street had read that the Yankee's were
    doing it, so suggested that OZ bikies were as well.
    George W Frost, Jun 21, 2011
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