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Original Air Date: Jan 23, 2014

Xfire LED taillight

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Riding your bike is a great way to stay fit, but if you find yourself riding once it gets dark, you know how dangerous that can be.

Making sure you’re wearing bright clothing and numerous well placed reflectors is a good start, but if you really want to kick it up a notch, why not create your own highly visible bike lane wherever you go?

That’s the concept behind the X-Fire Bike Lane Safety Light; it uses lasers built into the taillight to project a virtual bike lane on the road around your bike.

By creating a visible boundary around your bike, drivers are more likely to be aware of how close they’re getting to you and hopefully keep their distance as a result.

The system runs on two AAA batteries and uses bright red lasers to project the lines on the road well back from either side of your rear tire, so it’ll be really hard to miss you since it’s visible for over a mile.

The standard unit sells for $30 and a USB rechargeable version sells for $40, a small price to pay to make drivers take notice if you ride at night.