Advanced Search

Please click here to take a brief survey

Create Your Own Bike Lane
Adam Stein, 21 Jan 09

With lasers! Concept system paints a virtual lane wherever you travel

This product doesn’t actually exist, but based the internet enthusiasm for it, somebody ought to get it into production real quick like:

Traditional blinkers might alert drivers to a cyclist’s presence, but they don’t do a very good job establishing a zone of safety around the bike. By “painting” a visible marker onto the pavement, Light Lane establishes a boundary that could keep riders safer.

Beyond any utility the device might have as a safety device, it seems like a nice social statement. If your city doesn’t support cyclists, then make your own infrastructure, in a non-destructive kind of way.

Of course, the product doesn’t actually exist, and it’s not clear that it would even work. Bikes bounce around and vibrate a lot, and that nice crisp line would likely be more of a blurry squiggle. If this device interests you, though, the Down Low Glow Lighting Kit - Two Tubes-Envy(green)is the next best thing, and is available at Amazon in a variety of pretty colors.

Adam Stein is a co-founder of TerraPass. He writes on issues related to carbon, climate change, policy, and conservation.

Bookmark and Share



It actually could work. You combine image stabilisation approaches from latest-gen cameras etc with micro-mirror laser imaging, with say a 5 milliwatt helium-neon laser as the base emitter (with an onboard processor to handle the stabilisation and the mirror controls) and for my money you either mount two emitter arrays, one to each wheel (perhaps hub-integral) or do a single shoulder-mount (like a mini backpack sitting up high) with two beam paths from a splitter.

Could be a real product if some bright spark techie picks up on this... any takers?
Rick de Freeze, are you still out there?

Posted by: Gerard Falla on 21 Jan 09

I posted a conceptual piece on the complete opposite side of the spectrum. Although impractical, worth looking at and discussing.

Posted by: The Record Player on 27 Jan 09

Post A Comment

Please note that comments will remain open for only 14 days after the article is posted. While previous comments will remain visible, attempts to post new comments after this period will fail. This helps stop comment spam, so your forebearance is appreciated.

The Worldchanging comments are meant to be used for further exploration and evaluation of the ideas covered in our posts. Please note that, while constructive disagreement is fine, insults and abuse are not, and will result in the comment being deleted and a likely ban from commenting. We will also delete at will and without warning comments we believe are designed to disrupt a conversation rather than contribute to it. In short, we'll kill troll posts.

Finally, please note that comments which simply repost copyrighted works or commercial messages will be summarily deleted.

Yes No







MESSAGE (optional):

Search Worldchanging

Worldchanging Newsletter Get good news for a change —
Click here to sign up!


Website Design by Eben Design | Logo Design by Egg Hosting | Hosted by Amazon AWS | Problems with the site? Send email to tech /at/
Architecture for Humanity - all rights reserved except where otherwise indicated.

Find_us_on_facebook_badge.gif twitter-logo.jpg