Safer Cycling

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Today I stumbled across an article on the Guardian which introduced me to Brainy Bike Lights. It’s an interesting story about a new type of bike light which has been developed based on behavioural insights.  The concept recognised that much driving is done on auto-pilot and that the safety of cyclists might be improved by

cutting brain processing time and allowing drivers extra time to react.

Brainy Bike Lights does this by using a symbol of a cyclist rather than a traditional light, which allows faster identification of cyclists by drivers.

Source: Brainy Bike Lights

Source: Brainy Bike Lights

It is also thought that the use of the symbol subconsciously prompts drivers to see cyclist as a vulnerable person, resulting in more cautious driving.

Reading about these bike lights has made me think about the potential to be more creative when designing any information which is being used to try to change behaviours. What conscious and subconscious impacts are our messages having?

2 thoughts on “Safer Cycling

  1. steven Cassidy

    Funny – with all the technology I have at my finger tips and the maps of Edinburgh it was YOU that pointed out that offshoot of the cycle path when we met at Earthys to work. YOU made the link. I use it all the time now. I make completely new journeys to the same destination. The Missing link.
    …and I had ridden down there loads of times!

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