While there are many benefits to riding a bicycle, it is also risky to share the road with cars. Even a small vehicle can have a strong impact on your body during a collision because of its weight advantage, and your bike offers little protection.
Fortunately, research into bike safety is ongoing. Scientists and engineers periodically produce technological devices that can keep you safer when you are riding. Flatbike describes some examples of new bike safety technology.
Louder bike bells
A bike bell allows you to alert other road users, including motorists and pedestrians, of your presence. New bike bells can sound at a volume increased by several decibels over their predecessors. This allows other road users to hear you even at a greater distance.
LED riding clothing and gear
A light-emitting diode is a semiconductor that, when exposed to an electric charge, gives off a very strong, bright glow. They are a bit like tiny light bulbs, only much more efficient and longer lasting. New riding clothing and gloves equipped with LEDs and a small battery improve on the old reflectors used in the past for greater visibility. LED-equipped gear actually glows in the dark, making it much easier for motorists to see you. Bear in mind, however, that they do not take the place of a bicycle headlight for night riding.
Helmets with MIPS technology
Arguably, the most important piece of bicycle safety equipment is your helmet, which reduces your risk of a serious head injury in the event of a crash. Modern helmets improve on their predecessors with the introduction of Multi-Directional Impact Protection Systems. Your chance of a brain injury undergoes a 70% reduction if you wear a MIPS-equipped helmet. No matter the point of contact, MIPS offers maximum head protection.
Technological safety advances reduce your risk of injury while riding your bike but do not negate it completely.