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    I think my concern is that a motorist could be focused on the "projected bicyclist" and still hit the real cyclist from behind. The projected light could give more of a distraction and false sense of where the actual cyclist is on the road, especially with two different light beam castings.
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    I wonder if it's even legal to run a laser on the road. If it's misaimed it could blind drivers. It should probably be just as illegal as pointing a laser at a plane cockpit.
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    Fixing a problem that's already solved. Just use a decent headlight and be done with it. They've had tail lights that project laser "bike lanes" for some time now, and they are totally unnoticeable. I'm sure this is the same.
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    If I had cats, I could see myself having fun making them chase that bike

    Seriously, though, the creator got the idea to project that bike 5 yards down the road, right? That is only 15 feet. So I wonder if the primary beam of white light is projected beyond that or under that?

    If beyond, that means there is 15 feet of dark space in front of the wheel. If the beam falls under the laser, then it isn't projecting far enough down the road to be of much use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Juha View Post
    Laser light that cuts... I was thinking a Death Star class laser.
    Yeah. No matter how many times I read the title of this thread, I keep seeing it as:
    The laser light that could cut cyclists to death


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    Seriously doubt that it's bright enough for me to notice driving back home at night. At best I might notice the red light coming off it, but definitely not anything projected on the road unless I'm only going 15-25mph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
    Fixing a problem that's already solved. Just use a decent headlight and be done with it. They've had tail lights that project laser "bike lanes" for some time now, and they are totally unnoticeable. I'm sure this is the same.
    I remember that laser tail light that projected a "bike lane" from behind. The idea was to fool the motorist into thinking the road had a bike lane thus giving you more room! I like that concept but it never took off. What happened to it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dahon.Steve View Post
    I remember that laser tail light that projected a "bike lane" from behind. The idea was to fool the motorist into thinking the road had a bike lane thus giving you more room! I like that concept but it never took off. What happened to it?
    The driver has to be very close to be able to see a dim light projected on the road.

    A tail or head light is projected horizontally.

    They are visible from much farther away. That distance and time is necessary for drivers to register that there is a cyclist ahead.

    The laser things are silly gimmicks.
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    If a driver isnt looking where they are going or whats around them they wont see it anyways.

    I bright blinking light is super visible if you bother to look at it.

    another false sense of security gimmicky device that makes people think they dont need to use their brains and ride safely.
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    This light only work in pitch dark cases. Also it draws the drivers' attention downward to the ground, which may cause accidents, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vol View Post
    This light only work in pitch dark cases. Also it draws the drivers' attention downward to the ground, which may cause accidents, too.
    Even in pitch-dark, it won't work very well. Only a small amount of light is going to be reflected off the rough and dark pavement in the direction of a driver.

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    These laser light companies sure do have a great marketing department. Although I have never used one, there is no convincing me that these gimmicks will get a motorists attention better than by 2400+ lumens on my helmet and handlebars, and 3 Cygolite hotshots in the rear...

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    This is an invention? Low quality here requirements for an invention here.

    I already have great lighting, and many BLANKING automobile drivers could careless and know I am there.


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    "Invented by a UK design student, Blaze is a detachable lamp that projects a laser image five meters in front of your bicycle to let motorists, bus drivers and pedestrians know you are coming."

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    BTW according to CNN, this projects the image "5 meters" in front of your bike... that is 16.4 feet folks... and a cyclist traveling at only 12MPH will cover 17 feet in one second...

    So if anyone really has any notion that this will do any good... ask yourself just what a motorist might do in less than 1 second... While you travel at only 12MPH...

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    I use a Cateye front light on strobe. It works well. I talked to a local police captain about it and he said " I'd rather see the light than get you off the pavement with a paint scraper." I will repeat that if someone complains about a white strobe on a non police vehicle at night. The officer may smile and walk off. I KNOW I have been seen when folks flash their brights at me. It means one more cager that might not hit me at the moment.
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    Ahhh design student ... where art meets engineering and ergonomics and falls to ****.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blues Frog View Post
    I use a Cateye front light on strobe. It works well. I talked to a local police captain about it and he said " I'd rather see the light than get you off the pavement with a paint scraper." I will repeat that if someone complains about a white strobe on a non police vehicle at night. The officer may smile and walk off. I KNOW I have been seen when folks flash their brights at me. It means one more cager that might not hit me at the moment.
    I have actually caused a car to pull over thinking I was the police or something while I used the strobe mode. I wish it had a less insane strobe mode but after some close calls I figure its better to be seen than not - it's great for head on traffic that is passing cars coming toward you and of course cars looking to pull out into/across.

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