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New bike lights make cyclists stand out

The San Francisco-based founders of Revolights hope to improve safety of cyclists with their revolutionary new design The San Francisco-based founders of Revolights hope to improve safety of cyclists with their revolutionary new design
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • New Revolights prototype makes cyclists more visible from front, rear and sides
  • LED lights mounted on wheels create arc of white and red light
  • Inventors aim to start selling the new light system in early 2012

(CNN) -- Riding a bicycle around the city at night can be a perilous pastime with traditional bike lights providing a rather dim reminder of a cyclist's presence on the roads.

But a new prototype light system called Revolights could soon make life in the cycle lane a good deal safer and leave bike enthusiasts beaming.

The wheel-mounted LED lights not only provide greater illumination of the rider's path, say its San Francisco-based creators, but also make a bike far more visible from the front, back and the side.

When stationary, as their promotional video shows, the lights flash in a simple sequence. But as soon as you start peddling they form a solid arc of white and red light.

Revolights shed new light on road safety

This dazzling effect is created with the aid of a magnet (attached to the fork) and an algorithm. Together, they measure the wheel speed and tell the lights when and where to flash.

The system is powered by a rechargeable lithium battery housed in the wheel hub.

Revolights' founders -- inventor Kent Frankovich, Adam Pettler and Jim Houk -- are using the online fundraising platform Kickstarter in a bid to turn their eye-catching patent pending prototype into a finished product.

Backers pledging $200 or more will receive the finalized design prior to its public release which is scheduled to take place in spring 2012.

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