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Battery-free bicycle lighting


March 20, 2008

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March 21, 2008 In the pecking order of road users, bicycle riders are at the very bottom – the most vulnerable, slowest moving, least visible and most likely to die. So anything you can do to add to your visibility will help, and these new battery-free Pedalites offer 360 degree visibility.

Three out of four accidents involving cyclists in the UK happen at road junctions (RosPA) where cyclists cannot be seen from the side. However, Pedalites provide 360 degree lighting to ensure that cyclists can be seen from the side.

The lights stay on for up to five minutes after the pedalling has stopped meaning that cyclists can also be seen clearly at road junctions. The lights also create a virtual cycle lane so bikes with Pedalites fitted seem wider to cars and they tend to give them more space and distance.

The Pedalites are fitted onto bikes in place of traditional pedals simply and easily. They are based on patented technology and are powered only using cycling energy. They light up as soon as the cyclist starts to pedal and continue flashing for up to five minutes when the cyclist has stopped as they uniquely store the energy produced by cycling. They provide always-on lighting for bikes which means that when cyclists are out and about and their batteries run out or it gets dark suddenly, they can still be seen clearly by cars from up to 1km away - any time day or night. The lights cost UKP35 are available in 24 countries or they can be purchased online. International distributor enquiries welcome. .

About the Author
Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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