Innovative Bike Safety From Around the World

Glow-in-the-dark bike path

At the Loewy Law Firm, we love traveling as a way to maintain a healthy work-life balance. We are committed to finding this balance because of the noticeable improvement to our efficiency, dedication, and ability to achieve great things at work.

We are also committed to safety, and we applaud innovations that make staying safe easier. In a recent blog, we discussed how dangerous biking has been getting, and some of the impacts of that here in Austin.

Woman in Hovding helmet

So, when we came across some biking safety innovations from around the world, we were quite impressed. These inventors are making strides (er, pedaling forward) to improve bike safety. Austinites, take note!

In the Netherlands, a Glow-in-the-Dark bike path blends beauty and ingenuity. The path, inspired by Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, uses special paint to glow in the dark to illuminate the trails of nighttime bicyclists.

Cyclists can now better see in the dark, improving safety and visibility. This same paint has been used to mark road edges on Smart Highways.

Their neighbors to the north in Sweden have also come up with some ingenious bike safety – the Hövding helmet. Two Swedish designers, responding to a debate about whether helmets should be required for adults, decided to come up with a design that people would be happy to wear. They spent years researching this airbag helmet. To top it off, it doubles as a fashionable accessory – albeit a bit more useful in Stockholm winters than Austin summers.

While these creative safety features might be cutting edge, the concepts are pretty simple – stick to well-lit places (and have bike lights) and wear a helmet. Stay safe, and happy biking!

Man in neck brace