Wearable Cycling Safety

The speed-vest

“The SPEED-VEST is a bicycle safety device and advocacy tool which displays the wearer’s current speed on their back in easy-to-read lighted numerals. It improves rider conspicuity while legitimizing bicycle speeds on the roadway. Originally conceived by Brady Clark and engineered by Mykle Hansen, it just won the Hub Bike Shop’s Bike Gadget Contest in Minneapolis, MN.

The system consists of a wheel speed sensor, a wearable numeric display and a small computer that does the thinking. The computer is an Arduino: an open-source embedded computing platform powered by an Amtel microcontroller. It runs for 6 hours on a 9 volt battery.”

found here.

Turn-signal Jacket

Additionally, “Leah Buechley designs e-textile technologies that do all kinds of things that I cannot begin to understand, from LilyPad Ecelerometers to Vibe boards. However as a cyclist, this one I get: LED turnsignals on a jacket, with controls on the wrist. Very cool.”

found here.

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