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A flashy idea for cycling safety

 
 
 <span class="cutline_leadin">Signal Pod Wireless LED Bicycle Turn Signal</span>
Signal Pod Wireless LED Bicycle Turn Signal

Special to The Miami Herald

Why should motor vehicles come with bright rear turn signals, while cyclists must rely on arm signals, which forces cyclists to steer one-handed before and during a potentially difficult turn, and may or may not be noticed by those behind them?

This can be especially treacherous when a cyclist is navigating amidst cars and trucks, even when there’s a designated bike lane. Help has arrived from the engineers at Buztronics, whose FX-Series bicycle division has created the really brilliant and easily installed Signal Pod Wireless LED Bike Turn Signal system. This could save lives.

A big wide flashing signaling unit (called the pod) mounts to the bicycle’s rear seat post, behind the rider. A three-button wireless remote control unit attaches to either side of the handlebars for easy access. Push the remote’s left-hand button and ultra-bright red LEDs arranged in a double arrow formation on the left side of the pod start flashing, clearly communicating your intentions. Ditto for the remote’s right-hand button and the pod’s right-side flashing arrows. A button between the remote’s two directional controls activates a triangular hazard light on the pod. Audible beeps accompany the visual indicators as an extra heads up.

Both units are encased in water-resistant plastic housings. The remote includes a replaceable CR2032 battery. The pod is powered by three included, replaceable AAA batteries. All mounting hardware is included.

Signal Pod Wireless LED Bicycle Turn Signal is $49.95 at www.fx-series.com.

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