Warning: the following story might make you think (or blurt out), “Now why didn’t I think of that?” Brace yourselves… indicator lights for bicycles. WingLights are the brainchild of Luca Amaduzzi, a 30 year old cyclist on a mission to make cycling safer. The business school graduate founded CYCL, a Hammersmith based cycling accessories firm, along with 29 year old Agostino Stilli. It all sounds so simple. The orange indicator lights are fitted to the ends of the handlebars and are activated by tapping. The lights then flash at the same rate as those on a car.
WingLights are not supposed to replace the traditional hand signal but they come in handy during critical manoeuvres such as turning, allowing the cyclist to keep both hands on the handlebars while still indicating. Mr Amaduzzi said: “When you are riding a bike on a large street in London, putting your arm out to say where you are going, while you’re trying to avoid the cars and make sure they don’t run you over, is quite a challenge…When you drive in traffic, no one wants to have an accident… If they have an accident, they will say they didn’t see the cyclist. We’re trying to make the cyclist more visible.” Already CYCL has received 1,000 orders for WingLights and that is before the official launch. The lights cost £24.99. Could be money well spent.