NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Citi Bike is taking new measures to improve safety for bikers on New York City roadways.
Citi Bike announced Tuesday they plan to install laser lights that will project the image of a bicycle on the road up to 20 feet ahead of the cyclist — letting pedestrians, cars, and other vehicles on the road know the bike is sharing the roadway.
Blaze, the company behind the technology, introduced laser projection lights in London last year, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported. According to Citi Bike officials, up to 75 percent of London bike riders surveyed about the program said the lights made them feel more comfortable while riding at night.
“When you get that shock of actually this worked, this just saved my life, somebody saw that light before they hit me, then you really, really do appreciate the product you are using,” one user said in a testimonial video on the company’s website.
Citi Bike expects to install lights on 250 of its bikes by mid-March.
The news comes as the NYPD and Department of Transportation announced record low number of traffic fatalities in 2016.
Citi Bike currently has over 10,000 bikes at 600 stations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, with plans to expand their fleet to 12,000 bikes by the end of the year.