Last night I had a blast riding with the Cyclotronlights crew using one of seven bikes installed with their prototype lighting system. Cruising along Oxford street (one of Sydney's busiest, some might say trashiest) I was screamed at 3 times. "Oh Ma gawd that's Awesome". "So Awesome", "Awesome". Not the usual abuse I'm used to on the streets when riding. 1 hour with the crew and I'm feeling on fire. As an urban planner I wonder how many people would start riding at night if they could ride with these lights and experience the "awesome" effect. Could Cyclotronlights help people overcome the barrier of feeling unsafe while riding?
Sneak Peak behind the scenes
D rocks up 15 minutes late (this is usual I found out later) for our bike pickup. He lost track of time playing around with the Android app to control the lights. We meet the rest of the crew and he does a stack of last minute checks and updates to the lights using his laptop in Taylor Square. As it starts to sprinkle he remembers the Gaffer tape. It's the waterproofer for the open circuits on the lights. A quick reminder that Cyclotron is still in prototyping phase and needs a few more fixes before opening up for crowd funding.
Get behind Aussie designers and help these guys get these lights rolling through the night. #DarknessBeMyFriend