The LightLane concept design may just be the answer to creating lower cost bicycle lanes and encouraging cyclists to ride their bikes at night. Created by industrial designers Evan Grant and Alex Tee, the LightLane is a simple yet brilliant design to project clearly defined virtual bike lanes onto the road via a laser. The lanes provide car drivers with a boundary to avoid and also operate to help cyclists feel more confident at night.
The American designers explain that only a small fraction of streets have dedicated bike lanes due to the installation cost of $5,000 to $50,000 per mile. They suggest that instead of adapting cycling to established bike lanes, the bike lane should be adapted to cyclists.
“Clearly one of the biggest benefits of bicycle lanes is that there is an established common boundary that both drivers and riders respect and must stay within,” explains Evan Grant. “However, this requires a great deal of resources and planning to implement, so we decided to focus on the fact that the bicycle lane establishes a safety buffer outside of the bicycles footprint.”
The design is still in the works, but they are currently building a beta prototype with different laser colors and orientations. “Once the optimal laser configuration has been established and validated, we will quickly develop a fully functional unit where we will focus our efforts on several aspects of usability including theft prevention, cleanability and corrosion resistance,” explains Grant. “Concurrently we will be looking for manufacturing and distribution partners.”
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