According to a study by the League of American Bicyclists, “40% of fatal crashes with a reported collision type — were ‘hit from behind’ incidents. Also, high-speed urban and suburban arterial streets with no provisions for bicyclists represented 56% of all bicyclist fatalities.”
Thus a tail light is absolutely crucial if you ride on the road. At the core, it helps you become more visible and that simple mantra saves many lives. But as we roamed the halls of Interbike and Eurobike exploring new light options, we were floored by the creativity and technology being applied to tail lights. Things we never thought were possible are being applied to tail lights.
What’s making it possible is the awareness that the tail lights are a good accessory for every bike and there is a growing demand for it for night riding and even daytime riding. Also, lithium polymer batteries and LED lights are so small and powerful now, they hardly take up any room. Innovative companies are using the power and space to come up with new applications.
Are they for everyone and will they all succeed in the marketplace? No, but some of them will and it is fascinating to us that some of the best minds in the world are working to make bicycles safer with tail light technology.
Here is the list of fascinating tail lights.
What’s cool about it: The Rotlicht gets brighter when the cyclist comes to a stop. It also gets brighter when there’s more ambient light light a car shining lights on it.
What is it: The Lupine Rotlicht is a 160 lumen light with four different light modes are available: steady, flashing, wave pulse, and pulse. But it has an accelerometer that allows it to function as a brake light. When you pull on the brakes and slow down significantly or come to a stop, the built in acceleration sensor turns the light brighter to gain more attention on the streets.
It is also light sensing and has automatic light adjustment depending on the ambient light. If for example a car comes closer, the light turns brighter, allowing the rider to become more visible.
More info: www.lupine.de