According to ROSPA 75% of the 19,000 bicycle accidents a year in the UK happen at junctions. So what is being done to support cyclists’ safety on the roads?
CYCL, a technology startup company that popped up on Kickstarter in 2015, boasts a multitude of high quality, innovative cycling accessories, has launched new safety innovation - WingLights - now featured in London Evening Standard, Road Safety GB and Road.CC.
So what are Winglights? CYCL developed high quality bicycle turn signals, quoted as "exceptional" by Peter Jones, on the CYCL team's Dragons' Den pitch.
Light and waterproof, these turn signals make bikes more visible to motorists, setting a new standard for cycling safety. Just like cars and motorbikes, cyclists may now choose their direction of movement whilst making it much more clear and visible to oncoming traffic and pedestrians. A bright amber light flashes as fast as the neighbouring cars indicators and perseveres through day or night commute. This innovative cycling gadget has already earned the attention of prominent academics in the field after being awarded first runner up at the Santander University Entrepreneurship Award.
All a rider needs to do is to snap the Winglights on the ends of your bike’s handlebars and switch on the lights with a simple tap.
WingLights Mag are build to a high specification and in accordance with its name magnetically attach to your handlebar ends. They are shockproof made of a high quality light aluminium alloy with strong magnets to hold them in place, making them a tough hero of urban cycling.
As light as 125 grams once mounted, WingLights Mag are easy to install and use, the turn signals flash bright amber and can be seen from all angles and at any junction, any time of the day or night.
The best part is that WingLights Mag, when removed, reduce to a state-of-the-art keyring on a carabiner once the units clip together for safekeeping.
In additionWinglights come ready-to-use thanks to the 2x CR2032 batteries included.
CYCL is a London-based cycling safety company founded by Luca Amaduzzi and Agostino Stilli. Keen cyclists themselves, they designed and created WingLights from scratch to address pressing issues within cycling safety - in particular visibility at the junctions.
Passionate about improving cyclists’ safety on the roads, the founder, Luca, quotes: "We have created something with the idea to improve the quality and safety of the cycling experience and we are now aiming to expand that also into a few cycling sharing schemes starting from London Santander Cycles".
The number of commuters has increased by 144% over the last decade, making cycle safety a key issue now more than ever.
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