The Mayor of London, Transport for London (TfL) and Santander have announced that 4,000 Santander Cycles have been fitted with innovative Blaze Laserlights to make riders more visible and increase their confidence on the roads. Over the next nine months the lights will be fitted to the rest of the fleet of 11,500 bicycles.
With the clocks going back this weekend, and evenings become darker earlier – Blaze Laserlights project the symbol of a bicycle six metres in front of the cycle, onto the ground, making the cyclist more visible to those around them. Over the winter months the number of rides each day falls below the warmer seasons, but with the lights the aim is to encourage more people to keep up the cycling habit.
After a successful trial with overwhelmingly positive feedback and strong independent test results, the lights will provide a bigger, brighter presence on the road and early warning of a cyclist’s approach.
In September 2015, 250 Santander Cycles were fitted with the technology. An on-street survey of cyclists riding them revealed that around three-quarters felt more confident.
Almost half also said they would be more likely to use Santander Cycles at night with the Laserlight fitted.
The light alerts drivers and pedestrians to the approach of a bicycle and helps them to be seen when otherwise they might be invisible, for example when they are in a vehicle’s blind spot. The intelligent Laserlights will only come on only when it is dark to save energy.