LightLane is an inventive tool for making biking safer and more accessible.
Although LightLane has been around for a few years, it's new to me. I had the opportunity to see LightLane on exhibit at the Art Institute in Chicago this past weekend.
LightLane, awarded a Gold in the 2009 IDSA International Design Excellence Awards, is the invention of Alex Lee and Evan Gant of the Massachusetts based design firm Altitude. The impetus for LightLane was to create a safer riding environment to encourage biking as an alternative commuting method.
LightLane responds to the economic barriers of installing bike lanes on all roads by attaching the lane to the bike and the cyclist. This concept has an element of DIY, allowing cyclists to instantly create infrastructure for safe riding that would typically take months or years to achieve through policy or city planning.
LightLane utilizes Super-Bright red LED's and high visibility DPSS green lasers. A universal attachment bracket was designed for easy installation and the device can be charged with a standard mobile-phone charger.
Image source: LightLane